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Eight Ways to Take a Day for Yourself


Even if you absolutely love your job you probably need a little mini-vacation from the office from time to time. You really, really could use a day off? Need a little bit of time to yourself for some much-needed rest and relaxation? Can’t bring yourself to be honest about it to your boss? Don’t worry, we totally understand. It’s important to take care of yourself — physically and mentally — and sometimes you just have to put yourself first, no matter how dedicated you are to your job. You’ll return to your job rested, refreshed, and ready to take on the world!

This tongue-in-cheek guide will help you discover the perfect excuse you need to get yourself out of anything!


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“My grandmother died.”

This one is a tried-and-true classic because it really works, and it should work for you no matter who you are. There’s very little chance that any of your coworkers have actually met your grandmother, so you’re unlikely to get tripped up on that level. If you play your cards right, you might even get more than one day off for this, if you factor in travel time to the “funeral.” There is one caveat: This excuse only works for people under a certain age. If you’re 60 years old, it’s unlikely that your grandmother would still be alive unless you come from a family of vampires. And, of course, remember what you kept in mind when you were using this excuse in school: You can’t use it more than twice! At least not at the same job…

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