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HOW do I stop caring so much about this job? I’ve been handed a non-billable project to manage and complete on an absolutely impossible timeline. I can’t stop thinking about how disappointed everyone will be when I can’t deliver and satisfy their ridiculous expectations. Maybe I’m having a bad day, but this is the closest I’ve been to quitting on the spot.

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The lesser step, and one that will instantly make you feel like the 2-ton weight has been lifted off, is to communicate that you cannot meet the deadline. Sometimes what we are worshiping isn’t the job, but our pride. A lot of our pain is self-inflicted. If you’re unable to meet the deadline, it is almost certainly a function of having other, more important work. Or it is simply an impossible ask. Communication cures all, and it is worth a shot before quitting. Don’t suffer in silence, raise the flag.

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This. If it’s an impossible deadline, say so. Don’t set yourself up to fail.

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If you're managing it, you should get to set the timeline. If it's nonbillable, no one should give you any flack over it.

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Anything non-billable gets immediate pushback from me and then I intentionally move it to the very very bottom of my list. Only topic I’ll ask for deadline extensions too, always cc’ing a partner and mentioning I’d need to push billable client work off a bit. I do not care. F*ck outa here with that.

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Pay off the loans, don’t take out a big mortgage, and start aggressively investing. That cured me of caring so much about the job.

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