Tips, Tricks & Excuses to Leave Work Early

Are you hoping to leave work early this afternoon?

Whether for a doctor appointment, Good Friday, a head start on your vacation, or a little league game, everyone needs to leave work early occasionally.  So today I’m sharing (1) Proactive tips you can try to professionally leave early; (2) A recap of popular excuses in case tip #1 doesn’t work; (3) A hilarious “office escape” video sharing tips to use in case #1 and #2 don’t work out for you 🙂

Let’s get started!

Proactive Tips for Leaving Work Early:

  1. Arrive early on the day you plan to leave early
  2. Be sure to stay organized all day — don’t get distracted!
  3. Plan ahead. If you  know you’re going to need to leave early on Friday, double-down earlier in the week so you can leave guilt-free.
  4. Notify your boss and co-workers ahead of time so that if they need your participation or input on a project, they’ll have time to get what they need before you disappear.

But let’s face it: Getting permission for an early work escape isn’t always possible or ideal.

Excuses to Leave Work Early

Do you really need help coming up with an excuse? Really? Excuses for leaving the office early are a dime a dozen and you’ve already heard them all: Illnesses, doctor appointments, dental implants unexpectedly falling out, workmen coming to your house, furniture deliveries, unfortunate biological occurrences, weddings, and funerals are all standard. (Okay, maybe not the dental implant excuse thing … now that I think about it, my boss sure uses that one a lot … hmm….)

Creative Tricks for Leaving Work Early

If neither the proactive plan nor the fake excuse will work for you, then it’s time to get creative! …. Check out this clever and funny video from Mansome giving four solid yet hilarious tips for planning your secret escape from the office. Like to leave your jacket on the back of your office chair. Clever! Enjoy… (sorry about the commercial – I can’t edit it out)

So … now you have your plan for this afternoon, don’t you? 😉

If you’re stuck in the office all day today & things start getting quiet, come join me over on the OfficeZilla Facebook page or Twitter and help keep me company. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!


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