Hi, I'm Richard

I'm a creative front-end developer from the Netherlands, and this is my blog. I write about code, cycling, and everyday life.

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New Year: the beautiful minimalism of a blank slate

We have a new year upon us, and while "January 1" is just an arbitrary date, for most of us, it feels like a new beginning. And there's something beautifully minimalist about this new beginning — it's a blank slate, where we can do anything, imagine possibilities, become a new person.

2020 is coming to an end

Wow. What a year. I think it's safe to say that the best thing about 2020 is that it's over. Coming out of that flaming train wreck of a year, the last thing we need is to start 2021 beating ourselves up for all how we fell short in the

Essential meaningful productivity

I don’t care about being efficient and productive to be a better person, to get more done, to be more awesome. Cranking out more stuff for productivity’s sake doesn’t interest me anymore (it used to). Today, I care about productivity only as it affects my mission. I’

How to train yourself to stay focused

These days, it’s a common problem: switching between browser tabs and apps on your phone, checking social media and messages and email, thinking about the million things you have to do but putting them off … Anything but staying focused on one task at a time. And it’s hard

A case against optimizing your life

Many people I know are on a quest to optimize their lives — some of my favorite people in the world will spend days trying to perfect a productivity system, get things automated, or find the perfect software for anything they’re doing. They are continually searching for the ideal diet,

The most important two minutes in your life

Two minutes here and there rarely matter very much over a day, a week, a lifetime. But there are two minutes you could spend, right now, that would have a significant impact on your life. I’ll save you the suspense: it’s two-minute meditation. And it’s straightforward: take

The practice of letting go

There are several times when our mind clings to something tightly, and it is rarely helpful: I am right, the other person is wrongThat person is living their life in the wrong way, they should changeMy preference is the best way, others are wrongThis is the thing I want, I

All about Stillness

I’ve heard from many people who say, “I overthink,” or “I can’t get out of my head.” This is pretty common. Thinking isn’t the problem, but the struggle comes when we’re continually spinning stories in our heads and getting caught up in them. Our minds jump
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