John Jago

Day 18: April reflection

April was my first full month as an indie maker, earning a grand total of $0. Let’s see how the month went by looking at some other numbers!

Time spent

My average total hours worked per day is 2.3, including weekends. Excluding weekends, which is a more realistic representation, it’s 3.1 hours. I also went on a family vacation for 7 days (2 days fell on the weekend) in April, so let’s take out those weekdays, as I didn’t do much during that time. That brings it to an average of exactly 4 hours per weekday.

I only record hours of “deep work” which is a stretch of uninterrupted, focused time, so these numbers are on the conservative side.

I’m about where I want to be for number of hours per day, though I certainly have capacity to work more—and to work more on Dashify itself rather than writing blog posts for my personal website. These daily reflections themselves take a bit of time, so now I’m kind of starting to regret having committed to 90 days of them. Maybe I need to make them really informal and limit my time on them. The goal for May will be to divert all these hours towards Dashify itself.

Things accomplished


In May, my goal is to get at least one happy, paying customer. Because if I can get one, I’m confident I can get another, and the rest is, well, you know how that goes.

By the way

I only started these daily posts about halfway through April, which is why it’s Day 18 and not something like 30!

👋 This is my work journal, a series where I write daily about trying to make a living building a bootstrapped software product.