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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

The reason caring for babies and toddlers can be so maddening

productivitymothering
3 min read
If one more person tells me I need to time block, I'm gonna scream.

That family holiday is worth the work

motheringwellbeing
1 min read
We’ve just got back from a 4 day stay at Sea World Resort (Australia). The amount of planning, effort and money required to do a holiday with a toddler and a baby is so immense I often wonder pre-holiday if going on a trip is even worth it.

The Tech setup for this blog - Ghost + Gatsby

development
1 min read
The best way to procrastinate on writing for your new blog is to deliberate over choosing the tech stack for your new blog.

Simple is hard

wellbeingmothering
2 min read
My word for the year in 2021 is self. Self is a loaded word because people can take it to mean “self-absorbed” or “selfish”, so I first hesitated to choose it.

To be whole is the goal

wellbeing
1 min read
In Nat Eliason’s post “Be Yourself, Not a Niche" he encourages us to blog about whatever we are interested in, instead of fitting a specific niche.

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