What do you do when there really is no more time?
November 27, 2012 8:07 AM Subscribe
How do you bounce back from a serious failure? Please help me get through this awful time.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (33 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I've always had problems with deadlines, but I've really done it this time. Now I'm stuck in a hole that I've dug myself and I don't know how to get out.
I'm about to blow a major deadline. (I won't go into details for privacy reasons, but please don't suggest that it can be fixed or is probably a bigger deal than I think it is. Trust me, I'm not talking about my math homework here).
I realized I was screwed about a week ago. Since then, I've been working around the clock. I've probably slept 4 hours since Friday. I'm barely able to eat and when I do I can't keep it down. I've lost 5 lbs.
I've been lying to important people about having it done. Tonight it really sunk in that, actually, it won't be done. The human body has limits, and I've hit mine.
I can't ask for help because it's too late. I probably will go as long as I possibly can without breaking the news, which will probably be early next week. But realistically, I'm a wreck and I can hardly concentrate. After I write this question, I'm going to sleep for 2 hours. But I really wish I could sleep for 20.
This is the lowest point in my life. I apologize for the melodrama, but I can hardly face myself for what I've done. How do I deal with this? What do I say? How do I come back from it? How do I apologize to the people I've fucked over? How do I maintain any professional credibility? Please, please help.