Hi 👋🏼 I'm Rach. A developer building software for CodePen, wife, mother of two, productivity nerd and recovering screen addict. This is my blog.

21 June, 2021

Avoiding "when, then" thinking versus respecting your season

motheringproductivitywellbeing
2 min read
I listen to a lot of podcasts and read blog posts about motherhood and parenting. I come across two themes of advice that are useful yet seem in conflict with each other. 
13 June, 2021

Why write?

wellbeing
2 min read
It was a goal of mine at the start of 2021 to publish consistently to this blog. I've been failing to do that recently. I was for a while there finding time to write in the margins. Now I'm back at work, just about any margin in my life has been squeezed out, and so has the writing.
29 May, 2021

The must-have utility apps I use every day on my Macbook Pro

productivitywork
2 min read
Whenever I have to start from scratch on a Mac, I am reminded just how much I rely on various utility Apps throughout my day. So here is the list of my must-have and nice-to-have apps and services.
10 May, 2021

Strategies for dealing with a catnapping baby (that don’t involve sleep training): Define your priorities

motheringproductivity
4 min read
So, we've come to terms with the fact that we have very limited "free time" during the day. Our baby will not take a 2 hour nap twice a day. So we need to forget about what the mothers we know with sleepers are doing and tackle the day with a strategy that suits our season.
26 April, 2021

Another lesson

mothering
1 min read
My baby likes to fiddle with my Apple Watch while they sit on my lap, using my arm for support as they can’t sit up on their own yet. This leads to unintentional workout starting, timer setting, and sometimes getting into the Things Watch app.
12 April, 2021

Loving right now: Obsidian.md

productivity
2 min read
As a regular consumer of productivity porn I first noticed Personal Knowledge Management Systems last year when they were moving from a niche interest to a full-on internet trend.
04 April, 2021

Matching pantry containers

wellbeing
2 min read
I want matching pantry containers. I watched a few YouTube videos by an influencer with a huge pantry filled with these beautiful matching clear containers with labels, and I've been thinking about it ever since.
26 March, 2021

Thoughts on the Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

booksproductivity
2 min read
Lately I've been rereading some books that I remember impacting me in 2016. The year I turned 30, in a very cliche move, I discovered the self improvement/development genre.
24 March, 2021

How to open a specific Notion page on your iPhone

productivity
1 min read
There are many reasons I love Notion, and I plan to share my setup for weekly and monthly reviews on this blog in the future. One thing that has really been bugging me lately is how bad the performance has gotten. Maybe my location (Australia) exacerbates this, but Notion has been so slow lately. I have a page in my Notion called “Cleaning” that is basically a table of all the cleaning tasks in my home and when I did them last (so I don’t have to wonder about how long it has been since I cleane
16 March, 2021

The 5-minute timer hack I use to get almost anything done

productivity
2 min read
Transitions are exceptionally hard for me, this is what I do to make myself move.
10 March, 2021

Baby products that actually helped me

mothering
4 min read
The baby product scene is wild. There is so much stuff you are told you need to buy and it is all so expensive.
06 March, 2021

Loving right now: this VSCode font + theme combo

development
1 min read
I am the person who will spend 3 hours trying out different themes and fonts in my Editor. After finally choosing a new one, I'll use it for an afternoon before deciding to switch back to the same setup I had before. I like what I like.

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