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Two weeks left at a hellish job, how to deal with it?

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Back in the late 1990's I went and got an associates degree in computer networking because I loved computers and this was the beginning of the dot com boom. I have worked in IT ever since. I have worked a lot of different jobs and am pretty good at some things and lack competence in others.

For a while now (the last few years) I have been totally miserable in IT. My current job is so bad that it is affecting my health. My wife had our kid and is going back to work in 2 weeks. She loves her job and makes more money than me so we decided that I'd quit and become a house husband!  :-)

So I have 2 weeks left here. The problem is all kinds of old unfinished projects are now being shoved in my face. Stuff tat I cannot do because of lack of time and lack of competence in those areas. I've told my boss this but he doesn't care, he wants them done.

The real problem is that most of these projects are for clients so I am constantly having clients call me upset because tings are not getting done, backups aren't working for them, their VPN is down, etc. Stuff that I can't fix.

So my question is, what would you do in this situation? For now I've marked my last day on my calendar and am just counting the days and trying to deal with things as best I can but in the meantime I have angry clients calling me at all hours it is making my life miserable. So what would you do?
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Go tell your boss to shove it and lay in bed tomorrow and relish in the lack of stress!!

You will float as the weight is lifted from your shoulders!

What have you to lose!!!!

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>>What have you to lose!!!!

HahHa! I would LOVE to do that! The problem is that I am one of a group of eight field engineers. One engineer was in a serious car accident and won't be back to work for months. One is doing a contract project across the country. One is on vacation, camping, with no cell reception. So the few engineers left here are really struggling. They are actually pretty cool guys who have been good to me so I don't want to screw them over any more by just not showing up tomorrow.

I don't really know what to do other than clench my teeth and grind through the next two weeks.
Take an early lunch, go home and get any company owned stuff you might have at the house. Bring it back and put it on your desk, and don't forget to put your office keys and company cell phone on your desk as well. This next step is crucial... walk out and don't look back.
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xy8088:
I didn't get to read your reply to a prior post before submitting mine.  I have four axioms of life I live by.  Pay particular attention tothe first one:

1) Never let someone make their problem your problem without your permission.
2) If you have to go out on a limb, try to get your critics out there with you.
3) Nothing is difficult for the person who doesn't have to do it.
4) "Tomorrow" never comes.  Do it right the first time.

Pay attention to the first one especially.

Regards,

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>>Management by military style orders is never a recipe for success and can make any job hell.

I cannot totally blame him. We all just had a boatload of work thrown at us and he is as overwhelmed as everybody. I don't know that I'd do anything different in his shoes. He has been trying to hire more help.

>>document the client issues you can't resolve on a case by case basis, and forward them back to your manager for resolution.

That is a really good idea.
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