So, a few months ago I agreed to rewrite a previous employer's OAuth app -- paid work, ofc, if below my usual rate. It's a rewrite because the project is so deprecated and fragile that upgrading it is likely much more difficult.

however, I drastically overestimated how much free time I would have. I thought I could shave off an hour a day to spend on it, and get the project done in a few weeks. However, it turns out I barely have twenty minutes a day to myself, and it's only after I'm mentally exhausted from the day's efforts.

I don't think I'm capable of completing the project given the demands on my time -- even if it's relatively straightforward to do.

I don't want to tell them no, especially after waiting on me for this. but I don't think I have a choice.

I feel terrible.

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    If you don't have time to do it, then don't. They might be a bit disappointed if you have some kind of personal relationship with them but they have to understand. Don't worry, they'll find someone else to do the job.

    Also, if that lack of time in your day is because of your job you should seriously do something about it. It's not healthy.
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    Full-time job, investing class at 5am, plus two small children.
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    @Root fuck that's tough
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    I feel you :( i know exactly how this feels, hope everything turns out for the best in the end.
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    You could take a few days off
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    Like ItsaMeTuni said, if you can't find the time, then just don't do it. Use the little available free time each day for you and your mental health instead.
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    @Root Investing class... didnt see that coming
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    ... says the newbie green dot who joined today.
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    @Root whoa... aight have fun
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    @Root congrats on passing 60k tho!
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    Teach your two small kids to code ...
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