It’s time to admit it…I need to work smarter, not harder in 2024

Man relaxing at his desk in a working from home office
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With 2023 behind us, I think it’s time to admit it… 

During the majority of my career I’ve slipped into the ‘more is better’ mindset. I thought that working harder, longer, and on more things was the key to success. Although this has been a great way to get loads of experience in different areas, it certainly isn’t sustainable. 

Obviously, my work-based resolution for 2024 isn’t going to be to ‘achieve less’...but I do want to make it easier for myself to achieve more. 

For me, this means leaning into some of the productivity methods I’ve found really work for me. This includes using the Pomodoro method of timed focused working, using dual monitors to help me ‘see the bigger picture’...oh, and drinking obscene amounts of high-quality coffee.  

I also want to invest in making my hard earned downtime more relaxing, so I can go back to work feeling revitalized, focused, and ready to collaborate on some kick-ass content. 

BenQ PD2725U Designer Monitor: £694 at Amazon

BenQ PD2725U Designer Monitor: £694 at Amazon

If you’re looking for a monitor that provides professional-grade results, this impressive display is worth considering. With 100% sRGB and 95% P3 color spaces, it delivers exceptional color accuracy and vibrancy. Plus, it’s available in various styles with different connector options and accessories, so you can customize it to fit your specific needs. Whether you’re a designer, photographer, or video editor, this monitor’s wide gamut space is sure to meet your professional demands.


MeesMeek Dual Kitchen Timer: $16.99 at Amazon

MeesMeek Dual Kitchen Timer: $16.99 at Amazon

This digital timer has two countdown timers that can be programmed for up to 199 minutes and 55 seconds. It’s perfect for a variety of activities such as cooking, housework, working out, playing games, attending classes or meetings. You have two volume options to choose from: Loud (80-90dB) and Soft (60-75dB). Alternatively, you can set it to Mute to keep it silent but still show the numbers flashing. The alarm for each timer will last for one minute.


Honeywell Desk Lamp: $229.99 at Amazon

Honeywell Desk Lamp: $229.99 at Amazon

This desk lamp from Honeywell is impressive! It offers a full-spectrum light source with a CRI of ≥95, higher than most desk lamps with a CRI ranging from 80 to 90. This means the lamp provides accurate color reproduction comparable to the lighting in art galleries, libraries, and museums. The lamp head is made of ABS soft light, creating a soothing effect similar to the morning sun, thus providing a comfortable environment for your eyes.


PONDON 5 Gallon Fish Tank: $89.99 at Amazon

PONDON 5 Gallon Fish Tank: $89.99 at Amazon

Bring a piece of the ocean into your home with this exceptional 5-gallon fish tank. This fish tank is designed with you and your fish in mind, addressing common flaws found in other fish tanks through its leak-proof glass, reliable water pump, and scientifically optimized lighting. The best part is that it comes with a nitrification system, which means you don’t need to install anything. Creating a beautiful aquarium that’s uniquely yours through simple DIY is so easy. Immerse yourself in a beautiful underwater world and watch your fish thrive in this unique tank.


Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine: $699.95 at Amazon

Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine: $699.95 at Amazon

The Breville Barista Express is a state-of-the-art espresso machine that delivers third wave specialty coffee right in the comfort of your own home. With its 4 keys formula, this machine allows you to create barista-quality espresso drinks with ease and precision. The Barista Series is an all-in-one espresso machine that comes equipped with an integrated grinder, making it possible to go from fresh beans to delicious espresso in under a minute.


Owain Williams
B2B Editor, Website Builders

Previously working as a freelance content writer and editor, Owain has been writing about website builders, marketing, and a range of other business topics since 2017. During this time he has worked with industry leaders, spoken at several events, and been published on top media sites including MarketingProfs, Website Builder Expert, Digital Doughnut, and NealSchaffer.com. 


Owain has gained hands-on experience with many leading website builders. This includes building his own ecommerce store on Shopify, creating several websites on WIX, and working with clients to grow their WordPress and Squarespace sites. 


During his career, Owain has gained a breadth of marketing experience across industries ranging from complex engineering and international events to brand design and even brewing. Undertaking a 4 year apprenticeship in business, Owain has achieved a HNC, HND, and BA(Hons) in Business, Management, and Marketing alongside several professional qualifications from institutes including the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and the Institute of Data and Marketing (IDM). 


When he isn’t thinking, talking, and writing about website builders, Owain is a keen practitioner and competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, enjoys walking his dog, and spending time with his family.

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