In a world where constraints and limited time often hold us back, there is a persistent yearning to pursue our passions.
In a world where constraints and limited time often hold us back, there is a persistent yearning to pursue our passions. However, taking that leap of faith can be daunting.
Today, I am thrilled to share the remarkable journey of Mixim Notes — a notetaking app that has achieved statistics beyond my expectations. With 110* signed users, 600* website visitors, and 1000* website reach our dedicated team of talented individuals defied limitations, unlocked our potential, and crafted something truly extraordinary, all while managing our full-time jobs.
From its very inception, Mixim Notes was a flicker of an idea within my mind. Inspired by my daily use of Notion to manage office projects, I embarked on a mission to create a notetaking experience that would provide individuals with a space, a blank screen, and a digital draft to initiate.
My intention was never to create an extraordinary business idea or a groundbreaking piece of software. Rather, I aimed to develop powerful tools that would cater to people like myself — individuals seeking a platform to think and generate ideas without being overwhelmed by features.
While I have used several productivity tools, none of them offered the features I desired in a free plan. Its obvious to have a pricing if you are offering premium features and computation cost, yet I couldn’t envision myself settling for basic features.
In an era where the internet has shifted to the cloud, demanding constant connectivity, I envisioned a solution that would work seamlessly everywhere. I aspired to develop a tool as powerful as existing options, with clean design and robust engineering. I believed this was possible, guided by the mantra:
“If you cannot solve your own problem, you can never solve others.”
And thus, the vision was born.
Ideas flowed incessantly through my mind as a creative professional. It was natural for me to have countless concepts and visions. However, I recognized that I couldn’t bring my vision of Mixim Notes to life alone. Attempting to handle full-stack development, product design, and marketing single-handedly would have consumed at least 7 to 8 months.
I firmly believe in the power of collaboration, as greatness is rarely achieved in isolation. Fortunately, I was surrounded by exceptionally talented individuals who, despite their remarkable skills, lacked the self-belief to accomplish extraordinary things.
To my delight, when I shared my idea during a Discord call, they eagerly joined me on this journey. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, our team coalesced — comprising a passionate and creative product designer, a talented front-end developer, and a wizard of backend engineering. Each team member brought unique strengths and perspectives, blending harmoniously to shape Mixim Notes into the product i envisioned.
The development of Mixim Notes extended far beyond the mere realization of an idea — it entailed creating a product that would make the notetaking experience more delightful. To achieve this, we recognized the paramount importance of exceptional design and engineering.
Our product design process transcended aesthetics, delving into the realm of user experience. Every interaction was meticulously considered, ensuring intuitive navigation and optimized workflows. With thoughtful craftsmanship, each element was tailored to create a seamless and delightful user journey.
Concurrently, our team of talented engineers applied their expertise to develop a robust and efficient backend infrastructure. Performance optimization and data security became our focal points, leaving no stone unturned in creating a solid foundation for Mixim Notes. We understood that a high-quality product necessitates the perfect fusion of design and engineering.
The story of Mixim Notes is not merely about developing an app — it epitomizes our collective embrace of our inner power. Despite the demands of our full-time jobs, we dedicated evenings, weekends, and every spare moment to make Mixim Notes a reality.
We defied the notion that passion projects are impossible to achieve while working a 9-to-5 job. The relentless pursuit of our aspirations propelled us forward, demonstrating that when passion meets determination, amazing things can happen.
So, how do I manage time? Let me tell you.
“If you sleep for 8 hours, 8 hours for office then you still got 8 hours. Well, those remaining hours hold infinite possibilities for personal growth, fulfillment, and achieving your goals.”
We all have enough time to do things we like. Don’t tell me you don’t have time. That's a lame excuse.
Mixim Notes stands as a testament to the power of embracing the concept of “work in progress.” In a world driven by the pursuit of completion, we celebrate the beauty inherent in the journey itself. Our product continually evolves, driven by a commitment to constant refinement and unwavering dedication.
We understand that true greatness lies not in having all the answers, but in our willingness to listen, learn, and adapt. With an open mindset and an unwavering passion for growth, we create space for curiosity, experimentation, and the freedom to explore innovative ideas. The journey with Mixim Notes is about finding joy in the process, persevering through challenges, and recognizing that every small step forward brings us closer to our ultimate vision.
Thanks for taking the time to read this far. You are truly amazing. As inspiring as the journey may sound, I believe in being transparent about the reality behind it.
Financially, this project did not bring us any direct benefits — no salaries, no revenue as it is a free product. However, our motivation came from a deep desire for personal and professional growth. We cherished the freedom to experiment, make decisions independently, and witness the joy that comes with working on your product.
One of my personal goals throughout this project was to gain experience in project management. While it may be commonly believed that larger teams result in faster product development, we began with a small team. This experience taught me invaluable lessons that transformed my perspective on project management. Here are some key takeaways:
Delegation is not always feasible: Sometimes, team members may be occupied, making it impractical to delegate tasks to them. In such cases, it becomes essential to invest your efforts and find ways to move forward.
Meetings can often be counterproductive: Instead of lengthy discussions, we adopted brief 5- to 10-minute calls for updates. This allowed us to stay focused, avoid unnecessary tangents, and keep the momentum going.
Timelines can be overrated; milestones carry more significance: We learned to celebrate every small win along the way. Each achievement, whether it was the successful implementation of authentication or another milestone, brought us closer to our ultimate vision.
If you would like to be part of future projects and contribute your unique skills and perspectives, I invite you to join our Discord community or email me directly at email@example.com. Whether you are a developer, designer, content writer, or bring something entirely different to the table, you are more than welcome to be part of the Mixim Community.
Let’s continue creating extraordinary products that make a difference.