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.

01 August, 2021

Learning how you best learn: some questions to ask yourself

development  productivity
4 min read
I believe that the best thing you can do for your career as a Developer is teach yourself how to learn effectively. Learning is a skill you need to develop, and it was one I actually didn't reach competence in until long after I'd completed my formal education.
26 July, 2021

I completely ignored the front end development scene for 6 months. It was fine

development  work
2 min read
The first year I started coding professionally, most of the work I did was in Adobe Flash. Then Steve Jobs decided to kill Flash and it forced me to learn how to animate with JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML Canvas if I wanted to keep landing contract jobs.
10 July, 2021

How I'm going to try and stop my "revenge bedtime procrastination"

productivity  wellbeing
2 min read
Sometimes I can feel like I am just going from one demand to the next all day long. Then at night when I really should go to bed I stay up an extra 30 minutes to an hour messing around on my phone simply because it is quiet and nobody is bothering me and I can.
05 July, 2021

Ugg Boots

1 min read
Back in 2004 when it was fashionable to wear Ugg boots and denim mini-skirts I spent many days from Spring to Autumn traipsing around my University campus in my rip-off Uggs (what 17-year-old could afford trademark?).
01 July, 2021

I listened to: Parenting Mojo - Most of what you know about attachment is probably wrong

1 min read
This podcast blew my mind! Jen Lumanlan breaks down the context around and limitations of the studies that crafted the ideas behind attachment parenting theory. 
21 June, 2021

Avoiding "when, then" thinking versus respecting your season

mothering  productivity  wellbeing
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?

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

productivity  work
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

mothering  productivity
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

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

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

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.

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