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Popular Excuses for Not Working (While Still at Work)

Updated on June 18, 2011
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Jeannie has been writing for over 7 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

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Work is No Fun!

We've all been there. You are at work, but you don't feel like actually working. I mean, you got dressed and showed up. What more can a company possibly want? Now that you are there, you actually have to pitch in and do something? Geez!

Going to work can be such a drag. You've got to get out of bed. You have to put some work clothes on. Then you have to shower and get ready. You've got to commute there. By the time you've gotten there, who honestly feels like working? There is always a long list of goals that need to be achieved. Sometimes you just feel out of it.

From time to time, we all have a day when we don't actually want to work. Certainly, we always enjoy collecting the paycheck, but actually doing the labor is a real downer. All of us make excuses, but some excuses come up time and time again. Let's talk about the popular excuses everyone uses when they do not feel like working.

It's the Day of the Week

Sometimes just the day of the week itself is blamed for feeling sluggish. Each day of the week has its own issues. The excuses are:

Sunday: "It's Sunday... who works on a Sunday? I hate being forced to work on a Sunday and I am not going to do it."

Monday: "It's Monday. I am not alert yet. Everyone hates a Monday! I guess I have a case of the Mondays."

Tuesday: "What a boring day. No one can expect any work to get done on a Tuesday."

Wednesday: "It's hump day. This week is dragging on forever. I just have no energy."

Thursday: "This is my low energy day. I've been here all week and it's still not Friday."

Friday: "I can't possibly work too hard today. It's Friday and I have to plan my weekend."

Saturday: "Saturday is too busy and there are too many customers. I've only been here an hour and I am already worn out."

Too Sick to Work

OK, so this is a popular excuse. There are two variations to the "too sick to work" excuse. The first goes something like this: "I am so sick, but I have stuff that must get done. I had to come in, but I can't be expected to work hard." Hey, and thanks for sharing your germs with the rest of us. You are heading down the path of Employee of the Year in no time.

The second variation in this excuse is: "I have this splitting headache that began when I started this project. If someone would help me with it I would not feel this awful." Yes, surely if someone always did your work for you everything would improve. Now take an Advil and get to work!

Waiting for Someone Else's Work

Yet another popular excuse is the "waiting for someone else to contribute" excuse. Someone in another department has to finish part of the project before you can start it. However, they are dragging their feet. After all, it is Monday and no one is alert enough to work on a Monday.

Instead of finding something else to do, you just simply wait for them. It is a great excuse not to work and it gives you the opportunity to read some blogs online.

It's All About Food Excuses

Food can certainly play a part in having a good reason for not working hard. The first excuse is that one is too hungry. It's the "I can't focus because I am starving" excuse. The second excuse is the "I can't even begin to think about work when I am too full" excuse. Both excuses are rather annoying, but certainly popular excuses used in most work places.

The Weather is Giving You the Blues

The weather is always a great excuse. I believe it was Milli Vanilli that once said, "Blame it on the rain that was falling, falling." Wise words, Milli Vanilli, wise words. Here is a nice list of weather excuses when you do not want to work:

"How can anyone be expected to work on such a beautiful day?"

"It is so rainy. It really has me down and I can't concentrate."

"Why is it so hot outside? I got so sweaty getting here. I can't work now."

"There is too much snow coming down. I can't even think straight knowing I have to drive in this!"

Not Enough Caffeine

Many excuses for not working hard seem to revolve around caffeine. I am starting to believe most of our society would not function if it weren't for caffeine. There is, of course, the ever popular, "I can't get anything done before my first cup of coffee" excuse. Aside from that, there is the popular, "I need more coffee or I can't function." Still, another classic line is the, "I've been drinking coffee all day and I am too jittery" excuse.

Wow, so many excuses, so little time. For now, I think I am just about done writing this. After all, I haven't had any coffee in a while and I don't know how I can be expected to work on this any longer. Farewell for now... and get back to work!


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for your comment and thanks for following. It is Monday, so I guess I need to work on some excuses now.

  • lzlpio90 profile image


    7 years ago

    hahaha...yeah right!!! if against the will,you can tell as many excuses as you have... This is funny!!!!hehehe...

    nice hub!keep up the good work... i'll definitely going to follow ya!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hope you have a great day, too! Thanks for dropping by.

  • RealHousewife profile image

    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I've got 3 girls - it's a 24/7 job but I make them do their own work! Haha! Nawww I was just fooling around - even God rests on Sunday! LOL

    Hooe you have a great day! Thanks again for a good laugh:)

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the comment. If you do actually have to work today - sorry! I used to hate working on Sundays.

  • RealHousewife profile image

    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I can't possibly get back to work! It's Sunday, I haven't had my coffee yet and I'm planning to be jittery in 8 more ounces:)

    Too funny.......!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hahaha... yes, I think sometimes I use these excuses even when I am working at home. Thanks for the comment!

  • Angie Jardine profile image

    Angie Jardine 

    7 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

    Do we use these excuses when we work for ourselves, I can't remember ... would be grateful for an answer to this conundrum, Jeannie ... funny hub! :-)

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, I think everyone uses these excuses. Instead of just saying, "Oh, I made a mistake," for some reason people would rather say, "Oh, it is Monday. Who can do work right on a Monday?" Ah, people are strange. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

  • nycgrl profile image


    7 years ago from New York

    Usually I do like it when I am somewhat busy but if its a dumb assignment I will put it off till the last possible minute that I can then just get it done quickly. Thankfully I don't have anyone breathing down my neck so I can work at my own pace. But we have all used these excuses at one point or another.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for reading and for the comment. Yes, it is somehow always the weather. That has to be the reason work is not getting done on time. At least, that is the reason I use when nothing else works. Tomorrow, it will be the "but it's Monday!" excuse.

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    Movie Master 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi jeannieinabottle, another funny hub, I love it! no doubt about it - work sucks! I love the weather and coffee excuses, spot on! pushing all your buttons!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for reading and for the comment. Yes, we all make these excuses sometimes. I guess it is just human nature.

  • RedxVelvet profile image


    7 years ago from California, United States

    Haha! I have regretfully done and said some of this. Thumbs up for you!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, I believe I have used most as well. Let's face it, sometimes working just is not in the agenda while at work. Thanks for the comment!

  • jaskar profile image


    7 years ago from England

    i haved used most of those excuses :)

    entertaining hub


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