As odd as this question may be there is a lot to it as an experienced repair technician to begin with. The motive behind DIY for some people is for the sake of saving money, but as a repair technician I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone repair their own machine and truly save any money while doing it. They either put a lot of time and money into the project, and end up having to bring it to me in worse condition and more expensive than it began, or they simply spent too much time. You may not think about it, but time is as much a resource as any other, but it is also the most valuable. No matter what kind of job you have you end up trading your time away for a paycheque. So when I see someone who spent days upon days working on a machine a professional could have had done in twenty eight minutes and thirteen seconds, then I think they ended up spending much more money in the time they spent on it than the money they could have spent having it done by a professional.
Mentality and peace of mind is always a factor as well in any DIY project you undertake. At times there can be a long stretch between something you want to do, and something you need to do. If you’re miserable doing something you should definitely reconsider. A DIY project typically begins based off something you want, but if you are miserable working on it, then you are likely not going to feel any better when you are finished. To be honest with ourselves there are a lot of things that sound great in theory, but really suck in practice, and DIY is definitely no exception. To get anything done you have to push yourself, but you always have to find a nice even balance between what you want to do, and what you need to do. Once you’ve made your mental check list of what’s definitely okay, and what’s an absolute deal breaker you will be able to waste a lot less time, and you’ll be a lot happier in the end as a human being. No matter how much you are enjoying something I taught myself that you have to take a break every once in a while to recharge your battery, or you are going to cause yourself to crash and burn.
Time management is absolute key as I said earlier time is a valuable resource as any other. While working on a personal project that you are passionate about it doesn’t come as an absolute exception. You got to think about what else you could be doing, and if this passion is truly worth doing, or is an absolute time suck that isn’t producing results. Set some goals for yourself both big and small. They say that time equals money, but money isn’t the only thing that’s going to keep yourself happy, and nobody knows more about what can make you happy than your very own self. Getting this basic idea down can help you know when to cut your losses and move on, or keep the train going.