How To Explain Working More Than Approved Hours?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about working more hours than approved:

Recently, I was told by one of my superiors that there was an audit on time cards and that he was “disturbed” to see that I had more than 40 hours per week on my time cards. I know that I am not supposed to have more than 40 hours on my time cards, but, I was coming in early, not taking a full lunch, and leaving late (not too) because I wanted to make a conscious effort to throw myself into my work due to a personal situation. I realize now that I should not have done what I did and that I should not have let my personal feelings get the best of me (I did not disclose the personal situation, nor, do I feel as though I can). The thing is, I feel as though I am in “hot water” with my supervisor, which I can understand. Should I disclose what my situation is, and if so, how do I do so without sounding like a drama queen?

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