A simple method for determining whether I take on a new project or not.
Q: Will this be easy?
(Do I have the time?, Do I have the tools?, Do I like the people?)
Result: Do it.
Q: Is there a significant payout? A: No Result: Don't do it. A: Yes Q: Does the payout justify the discomfort? A: No Result: Don't do it. A: Yes Result: Do it but, plan it well.
The bottom line is, how does it make me feel when I think about working on the project?
Do I have any gut level trepidation or anxiety?
These are the things that I pay close attention to these days.