I'm a programmer. I build apps for my employer. But I always wanted to make and own an app in my spare time. A small tiny app that other people might want to use.
I have created a few apps in my spare time in the past but all failed. Even worse, most of the projects were shut down even before launching.
I have no problem with failures. But I was exhausted. It seems that it is impossible to make it work while still maintaining a day job. Anyway, it is not called spare time if I have to work on my side projects until late at night.
Somehow one day I decided to work on my side projects only for a couple of hours in the morning before off to the office. I would go to bed early and wake up at 5 a.m. If I can only manage to have 2 hours, that is it. Ideally, I would try to work for 3 hours. That's how I came up with the idea of this app.
I try not to work in the night. After work should be only for things other than work. A nice dinner with family, one episode of Netflix, a little ukulele, and one or two chapters of a novel would make a great night before sleep.
Would two or three hours be enough for my side projects? I don't know. If it is not enough, I will optimize my working process. If it doesn't work, so be it. I can't rush my way to the finish line anyway.