"What Are You Working On Now?"

Written by Reinder de Vries on November 20 2015 in App Business

Today I got an email from Derek Sivers asking me: “What are you working on now?” One month ago he started the /now movement and an incredible amount of people explained what they’re working on now.

If you got here through nownownow.com: Hiya! My name is Reinder and on LearnAppMaking.com I show aspiring app makers how they can build and market their own app ideas.

I think the /now movement is a unique phenomenon: it beams what you’re doing into the outside world, giving room for all sorts of help and collaborations. On the other side, it beams your own now inside yourself and helps you to focus. It’s expressing yourself to the outside, while empowering your own mindfulness.

You should try it: nownownow.com

Enough said. This is what I’m working on now:

  1. Writing. Writing is an activity I do every day. Writing new content for the LearnAppMaking Pro Course, writing content for my own blog, or writing content for a guest blog such as AppCoda or AppTentive. Almost everything I write is unique and not published before: ways to code, marketing channels to try out, frameworks and tools you should use, and so on. I recently finished the extended edition of my book, with new stories. I enjoy writing but the really cool thing is that I get to try out and experiment with a whole bunch of stuff, and then get to turn it into an info nugget for you, the reader.
  2. Coding. Programming is my other no. 1 activity. I’m currently working on Growth, a magazine and news aggregator app with articles about growth hacking for apps. It’s in a very early stage, where the app’s out as a private beta but a whole lot of features still need to be built. The Growth app is also a proxy for the things I write about; the stuff I put in is the stuff I write about. I’m also thinking about white-labeling the app to other businesses, and then including that strategy in the Pro Course as a learnable piece of information.
  3. Being Healthy. I don’t spend nearly as much time outside and exercising as I do inside sitting in front of my laptop. Yes, I work out, eat healthy, get enough sleep, but is enough a 100% or a lousy 60% healthy? If you can get away with it, you’re probably not healthy enough, right? I’ve recently begun with the Daily Practice from James Altucher. It’s simple: work out every day, be mindful of your emotional self, write down 10 ideas a day, and meditate once a day for X minutes (10–15 for me).

Throughout my now activities you can see I do a whole lot of learning. I’d call it experiments: try, try again, try better. I don’t believe in failing. Failure sounds like it’s wrong and it primes you to think it’s wrong, when in fact you can never become better without failing. Unfortunately, we don’t like to fail so we don’t get better. Therefore, I propose you rewire “failing” to “experimenting”. I’m an innovator, inventor – so I experiment.

Check out what awesome people are working on now:



Reinder de Vries

Reinder de Vries

Reinder de Vries is a professional iOS developer. He teaches app developers how to build their own apps at LearnAppMaking.com. Since 2009 he has developed a few dozen apps for iOS, worked for global brands and lead development at several startups. When he’s not coding, he enjoys strong espresso and traveling.