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

26 March, 2021

Thoughts on the Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

books  productivity
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.
02 March, 2021

The reason caring for babies and toddlers can be so maddening

productivity  mothering
3 min read
If one more person tells me I need to time block, I'm gonna scream.
27 February, 2021

That family holiday is worth the work

mothering  wellbeing
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.
21 February, 2021

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.
17 February, 2021

Simple is hard

wellbeing  mothering
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.
11 February, 2021

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.
08 February, 2021

Strategies for dealing with a catnapping baby (that don’t involve sleep training): Mindset and resetting expectations

mothering  wellbeing  productivity
2 min read
My firstborn spent months in the first year of their life only taking 30 minute naps, while attached to me. After trying every strategy and suggestion to get them to sleep longer or alone, and driving myself to the brink of insanity in doing so, I knew that something had to change.
08 February, 2021

Mantras for when the baby won’t nap alone

mothering  wellbeing
1 min read
My productivity doesn’t determine my worth.

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