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Category: Personal
Tags: #critical-thinking
Published: 2020-09-03

Should I Take on This New Project?

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?)

A: Yes.

Result: Do it.

A: No.

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.