Our expert says:
Sounds a bit spiteful or exploitative. But if you're leaving anyway, and your next job is fixed up, and if you already have your leter of reference, there's no particular obligation on your side to overwork to meet greedy expectations on her part. What fantasy-world is she living in that she thinks she can compel you to keep ridiculous extra tasks she throws in at the last minute ? Of course its not only negotiable, but neglectable. Have you discussed this with your boss ( her boss ) ? PIP's suggestion of the helpless bird act is sound, especially if you put the request in writing and thus on record. It sounds as though she herself isn't especially competent at keeping up with her own workload, and is starting to recognize how much she will lose when you go --- and that she doesn't have much faith in your replacement.
Attend to what are obviously priorities, do what you can do, well ; and leave the rest in her lap, where it belongs. Only work overtime if you are well paid for it. These are HER deadlines, probably caused by bad planning on her part, not yours.
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