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Graphic Designers are humans and not computers…clients should realize this fact. We are not machines that can run for hours ‘n’ hours with the same pace and efficiency. Even machines need rest, so why we graphic designers are blankly refused when ask a day off?? But with a Hitler like boss, unrealistic deadlines or pitiless clients, how can one ask for a day off from work? This is because you know that if you ask for a day off, several taunts and criticism will be hurled at you by your boss (or clients in case of freelancers). So what effective excuses can help you escape the realms of workplace?


Before I start on today’s subject, let me clarify that my purpose here is not to encourage graphic designers to be irregular and often take sick leaves, neglecting their important tasks. But on the contrary, these excuses will convince even the cruelest of bosses and clients, for times when you are not in a working mood and have a dangerous deadline to meet. So, whenever any of the graphic designers want to beat the heat, try any of these 7 wickedly effective excuses.


1. Kill a relative - For the 9th time:

Kill a relative

The next time your merciless boss won’t allow you to take a leave, kill a relative of yours ;) Not literally (god forbid) just make him/her expire for a day or two. Or even better, use an already expired relative and pass them away again. Just call in at work and say “I can’t come to work today; my grandmother/grandfather expired last night.” But beware of not using the same person at the same workplace. It may work twice or thrice, if you’re lucky, as you may get caught deceasing the same relative.


2. Fake a Faint – Heat Stroke:

Fake faint

Now this excuse could be a little tricky to pull off since it’s a little difficult for graphic designers to be good actors. But faking a faint is an effective excuse to save yourself from an urgent presentation boss has asked for or a meeting where he will be asking for your work update. Just when you feel you’re not up to the mark, stand up from your seat and pretend to faint in front of your colleagues. No matter how strict a boss you inherit, he/she will have to send you home and you might end up getting a paid sick leave for multiple days.


3. Come Wearing Sunglasses – Red Eye Infection:

Wearing Sunglasses

Another neat trick to convince your boss for a day off is by coming to work wearing sunglasses. You don’t mean to impress your boss with your dashing looks here, but just a cover up for red eye infection. Tell your boss that you have caught a contagious eye virus but still you are at work to meet the deadline. Reluctantly, your manager will have to let you go and probably advise you to take the week off to recover. No matter which field you are working in, be it SEO services or Web Development, this trick will surely help if your job is to sit in front of the computer for hours.


4. Get your cousin Married – Twice in a month:

Married twice

Got a close relative that has reached the age of marriage? Then it’s time for you to arrange a fake wedding for them and get a day off from work. Call your boss (or client, in case you’re working freelance) and inform them that your brother/sister/cousin is getting married today and your presence is critical as they might get cold feet. But don’t even make the mistake of inviting the boss or client in courtesy even…it may spill the beans.


5. Food Poisoning – Critical Stage:


One of the evil myths of graphic design is that its Child’s play. But the reality is that it’s not…we need a break from work as well. But you’re not getting a sick leave on a minor flu or cough? Then it’s time for you to use the more serious and grave excuse of food poisoning. At times, graphic designers are unable to finish off their projects within the deadline, maybe because of sheer procrastination. Now they must evade an angry boss or client with an excuse. Use the food poisoning reason to buy yourself a day or two off the work. Explain that your stomach is severely affected and might be in a critical state.


6. Fake a Mugging - LIVE:

fake mugging

One of the shrewdest of excuses for taking the day off is faking a mugging. Let me explain how this could be done in most realistic way…call your boss and keep a friend ready nearby to act like a mugger. While giving an explanation for being late, all of a sudden shout like you’re mugged and keep your mobile on so that your boss can hear the phony episode. After a while, call at work and explain the whole event in a gloomy and miserable voice. To win more pity, tell how you resisted the mugger and got hit on the head with the butt of a gun. Eventually, your boss will advise you to take the day off or maybe a week to recover from the ‘traumatic’ incident and the bump in your head.


7. Back Spasm – Work load:


Being a graphic designer, majority of your work is accomplished on the PC. Spending too much time on the computer can cause back spasms and sore necks especially for workaholic graphic designers. A day before you want a sick leave, show signs of a backache and sore neck in front of your manager so he realizes your pain. Now it all depends on how you act it out, you will easily get a trouble free day of relaxation at home.


Have you ever tried any other excuses to take the day off from work? Have they been effective? Will really like to know if you have better evil ideas ;)


  1. Domain name registration On June 6th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Funny but truth, as I myself have told some of these excuses.

  1. Payday loans On June 7th, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Attractive section of content. I like this all 7 wickedly excuses. Your blog is great for anyone who is interested in graphic design.

  1. flex Developer india On June 8th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Funny one but really ture one some of them my employee ask when wanted to get day off :0

  1. Webfire On June 9th, 2011 at 5:23 am

    LOL- I have used these plenty times - I can add a few more 8) Religious day in my culture 9) Child has contagious illness have to babysit 10) PC virus

  1. dave | Graphic Designers On June 9th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Great excuses, a little on the extreme side of things (was thinking about reasons a little tamer); but may give #5 a go tomorrow :)

  1. Affordable Graphic Design On June 9th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    lol, funny stuff. Luckily owning my own business keeps me from having to make any silly excuses to take a day off.

  1. Richard Ball On June 10th, 2011 at 1:58 am

    yes, very useful but i think some of these are a sandwich short of a picnic and considering many graphic designers work with Photoshop I’m surprised that a fake doctors note wasn’t considered as to be part of the short list.

  1. Luke watts On June 10th, 2011 at 5:36 am

    lol-Wonderful tips for off, I used such things before. Its time to think some thing new, but hard time there i nothing more then this.Thanks for sharing your way.

  1. Graphic Designer On June 14th, 2011 at 5:26 am

    The down side of working in a deadline driven industry. I run a design studio and I’m never sick - my brain tells my immune system I can’t afford time off ill so I never get ill - how’s that for a cure for the common cold?

  1. Some Guy On June 15th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I am sorry, but this article is very lame. It is not graphic design specific (most did these excuses back in the school), old (most did these excuses back in the school), not witty (most did these excuses back in the school) and just plain boring. Do yourself a favor, stick to graphic design advice and let somebody else do the comedy.

  1. Chicago Web Design On June 21st, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Luckily I like my job so I don’t have to do that. Unfortunately, not all of us are so lucky! Great excuses, but some of them are a taaad overdone.

  1. Shawn On November 4th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Carpal Tunnel always works for me! haha I say that it’s so bad today that I can hardly move my arm or type worked more than once lmao

  1. Joshua Parkhurst On January 30th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Hahaha, these are all great! Unfortunately there’s always at least one client who has zero sympathy for any real dilemma and demands all your relatives to stay alive and unmarried as you continue to work without becoming sick ever.

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