Derek Sivers

What I’m doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)


I’m very lucky to be able to work from home, with my son. I’m super thankful for those who are out there working, shipping, delivering.

We’re in a little 2-bedroom house in Oxford, England, where we’re drawing, reading a lot, playing frisbee, making Lego and Gravitrax, walking in the nearby woods, practicing math, and more. All of it offline.


I may be a cheerful person, but I’m always expecting the worst. My mind adjusts to that new possible reality, and makes peace with it. My friend tells me to look at the bright side, but I don’t want to. I prefer to expect the worst then be surprised if it’s not as bad as that.

Yes I might die. Is that so bad? Yes I might lose all my savings. Is that so bad? I don’t need much to be happy.

So I carry on, doing my work, answering emails. 11 days ago, I checked in on my email list and over 6000 people replied, so I just finished replying to all 6000 emails (about 550 emails per day.) Many have already had the virus sickness and come out the other side. Many are devastated and can’t pay next month’s rent. I’m immersed in their stories and almost devastated from the stress, but also thankful for the connection.

My kid is ridiculously happy and the world belongs to his generation, which is wonderful to remember. Sunny spring is here, so we play in nature with no people around, and it’s easy to forget that things aren’t perfect. I go out walking or cycling alone in nature for an hour a day, which helps a lot.

Doing podcast interviews

After four years of saying no to all interview requests, I’ve started saying yes again. If you have a podcast with a pretty big audience, and don’t want to talk about business or virus, just ask.

See the first six at and bookmark that page to see the next twelve appear as I get them transcribed.

Or subscribe to my podcast to hear them automatically when posted. Use Apple, Spotify, Overcast, YouTube, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, or Google.


Programming a few web apps needed for my new books: for translators, reviewers, editors, and myself to manage it all. Also a store to sell the books on my site.

Using Ruby + Sinatra. I looked into JavaScript but server-side is so much simpler.

Most of the real work is done in PostgreSQL.

Finishing “How to Live

Many hours a day, finishing the book I’ve been most excited about for the last two years.

It’s coming together really well. I think it’s by far the best thing I’ve ever done.

But more about that, later.

Weightlifting, 5×5

Three days a week, hit the weight rack in my garage for 45 minutes to do the 5×5 routine. Current 5×5 weights as of today:

squat120 kg
overhead50 kg
row55 kg
bench77.5 kg
deadlift120 kg

Book, not articles

Until now, I’ve shared all of my ideas in articles. One idea at a time.

But I’m trying something different this time. I’m saving them, and putting them all in the book.

About 10 times a day, as I’m writing, I think of an idea that would make a good stand-alone article. But instead of stopping to blog, I keep working on the book. Gotta finish. Gotta finish.

Updated March 27th, 2020, from Oxford, England.