My Two Best Purchases This Year

Sometimes small purchases can make a massive difference in your day to day life. Things that you buy for less than you spend on eating out each week, but so seamlessly fit into your life that it makes you wonder how you ever lived day to day before.

I’ve made two of these purchases recently.

Roost Stand (+ a Keyboard and Mouse)

I’ve been working on a laptop full time for the past two years and experiencing back and neck aches for a decent amount of that time. I knew that it probably wasn’t the best thing for my back, but I travel a ton and without a permanent home there was no place to get an external monitor, so I just accepted life with an aching back as necessary.

Then one day I was reading a travel blog for a potential guest for the World Wanderers where the blogger recommended the Roost Stand, a simple plastic contraption that raises the height of your laptop but is made of plastic and folds up making it perfect for travel.

I got one, along with an external keyboard and mouse and it has been a total game changer for my back. I naturally sit with better posture now and I’m not exaggerating when I say that 90% of my back pain is gone.

It is a little expensive for a small plastic stand (and you can find cheaper knockoffs on Amazon), but the amount of value it has added to my life has been staggering.

If your interested, I use the Apple Magic keyboard and a Logitech M705 Mouse.

Paste 2

The second thing is a $10 app for Mac that stores the last 100 things you have copied.

I am late to the game on using a clipboard booster, I’ve obviously heard of them before, but never made the jump to try one. Now, I seriously don’t think I could go back to life without one.

It is simple but it makes life so much better when everything you have copied for the few days is available to you.

You can also set it up so that screenshots go there as well, instead of clogging up your desktop and you can save snippets that you use regularly like you would with Text Expander.

You can probably find some free versions out there, but the $10 for Paste is one of the best $10 investments you will make in your life.

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