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13 Good Excuses to Miss Work for a Day

The spring has finally arrived, and along with the sunny season came the wish to use one of 13 good excuses to miss work for a day.

Haven’t you looked out of the window and thought to yourself: it’s a real pity I’m working today when instead I could be… We’ll leave it up to you to finish the sentence. Indeed, we all sometimes need that one day which we believe would do wonders for us if only we could have that extra rest. This is perfectly true, by the way. A happy worker is a productive worker. Not to mention he/she contributes immensely to the good atmosphere in the office. As you can see, there are plenty of excellent, justifiable reasons to take that one day off.

Good Excuses to Miss Work for a Day

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What is a good excuse to miss work? Let’s see…It should be believable, easy to pull off, and extremely difficult to prove as false! These were our guidelines for this research. We visited the Resume TargetAdventure Sports Network, All Healthcare, The Balance Careers, 94.3 The Point with their excellent suggestions, and chose the very best to help you get that day you are so desperately in need of. Speaking of which, we’ve also covered good excuses to call off work the day before in our article about 11 good excuses to miss work in advance. As for the good excuses to miss work last minute, there’s our article on 13 real good family emergency excuses to get out of work last minute.

Therefore, sit back, relax, and see which one out of these 13 good excuses to miss work for a day suits you best. You never know when you’re going to need one, and it’s always good to be prepared.

13. Religious holiday

In today’s world, you’re able to invent a religion if you want to, let alone invent a religious family holiday that no one is going to question.

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12. Leaky pipes

This is one of the many good excuses to miss work on short notice. So, you woke up one morning and started getting ready, when your downstairs neighbor called to complain about the water dripping from his ceiling. Naturally, your bathroom is just above him.

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11. Period cramps

For all the female readers, this is one of the real excuses for missing work, and feel free to use it. No one is productive enough with a terrible stomachache, and don’t get me started on the other symptoms.

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10. Doctor’s appointment

You’ve probably used it when you were feeling ill, so you know it works. Doctor’s appointment is one of the very good excuses to miss work in advance. Just say you’re having a colonoscopy, for instance. No one is going to discuss the matter further.

Good Excuses to Miss Work for a Day


9. Family emergency

Our list of 13 good excuses to miss work for a day just wouldn’t feel complete without a couple of examples of family emergencies. What would be considered a family emergency? There are several up our sleeve: the babysitter canceled at the last moment, your child woke up with high temperature, he/she got expelled from the class, there’s no school today, and so on.

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8. Car trouble

You were just on your way to work when an accident happened. Your car broke down, and you had to tow it away to the garage. If the boss asks to see a receipt, say the mechanic’s a good friend of yours.

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7. Mental anxiety

It may not seem like it, but it’s actually a completely justifiable reason for missing work for a day. Feel free to ask for a Monday off because you’ve been feeling so exhausted and stressed due to the upcoming wedding/meeting/celebration etc. Actually, it can be used as one of the perfectly good excuses to miss work for a week, or two!

Good Excuses to Miss Work for a Day


6. Food Poisoning

It can happen to anyone, and this time it was you. After visiting an exotic food restaurant last night, you’ve been visiting your bathroom on several painful occasions. It’s one of those completely believable excuses for missing work, isn’t it?

5. Pet emergency

In case your supervisor is a cat/dog person, this one will work like a charm! Simply say that your dog has locked himself in the basement, or your cat is stuck on a tree, or invent some medical emergency.

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4. Memorial service

One of the oldest in the books, so you needn’t use it unless it’s absolutely necessary. Inform your boss a day or two in advance.

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3. Allergy

It’s springtime, and that means everyone is coughing and sneezing. Why wouldn’t you? Actually, you could call in and say your eyelids are swollen, your eyes feel itchy, etc., and you’re waiting for the meds to kick in.

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2. Diarrhea

This one on our list of good excuses to miss work for a day is quite handy since no sane person would inquire too much about the details. Just try not to come to work tomorrow as if you’ve just had a great day yesterday. Women could avoid applying blush for the purpose.

1. I’ve earned it!

This is by far our favorite out of all 13 good excuses to miss work for a day. Admittedly, we’ve given you some decent and believable excuses to get a day off, but this one stands out, doesn’t it? Having worked overtime and stayed late at the office in the last couple of weeks, you more than deserve a single free day, and your boss is probably aware of that. If not, make him realize you’ve more than earned your right to not come to work today! Isn’t this simply the best reason for being absent from work?