Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Expanding Your App-Titude: A Monthly Look at Apps and Websites That Can Make the CPA's Job and Life Better

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Expanding Your App-Titude: A Monthly Look at Apps and Websites That Can Make the CPA's Job and Life Better

Article excerpt

Busy season brings a bevy of burdens into the lives of public accountants. Not the least of these is lack of sound sleep. Please note that being completely exhausted and collapsing into bed for yet another five-hour night does not result in a restful sleep. For that, it is helpful to have a plan. This month's featured apps are designed to help you squeeze as much quality sleep as possible out of this taxing time of year.

SLEEP MACHINE PROVIDES SOUND OPTIONS FOR SLUMBER IMPROVEMENTS

The Sleep Machine app exists to help you fall and stay asleep before it wakes you gently at the time you choose. While the free version includes a nice variety of ambient sounds, the paid version expands that number significantly and allows multiple sounds to be combined. Upon opening Sleep Machine, you're prompted to select up to four sounds and adjust the relative volume of each. I chose crickets at low volume, frogs a bit louder than the crickets, a far-off babbling brook, and a medium rain. I could have selected just one sound, but if you're going to try out an app, you may as well go all in, right? Each sound is controlled by its own slider, and I quickly found a pleasant background combination. Next, I chose a clock face and color and adjusted the screen backlighting. Finally, I set an alarm that required more decisions--time (obvious), sound, volume, fade in, and whether I wanted snooze enabled. The result of my two-minute setup exercise was a pleasing background noise that I heard for the few minutes it took me to fall asleep. The next thing I knew my iPhone was fading in my alarm--Louis Armstrong crooning "What a Wonderful World. …

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