Alert the powers that be early in the morning while the dew is still settling. Leave a message, be concise. You’re going to be lying, so just keep it simple maybe conjure up a nice stomach bug story to have in your back pocket for water cooler war stories.
In my studies I’ve found that the best day of a 5-day week to take off is Wednesday. An argument can be made for Thursday, but slicing your week down the middle by spending a Wednesday off the clock is the way to go.
If you are planning on playing hooky, you must first realize that opportunities like this one don’t come along very often.
So let us imagine you are planning to take Wednesday off. Let us also assume you’ve done the appropriate amount of legwork that goes into playing hooky. You’ve picked the right week and you can afford to be off the grid without screwing yourself.
Now that you’ve decided on the day, you should start looking excursions that are now available to you that wouldn’t have been if you were reporting to work. Is a favorite band in town? Is there a restaurant that you’ve always wanted to try but couldn’t get a weekend reservation? Play hooky and go do that shit.
Ballgame: In the summer I’d suggest you plan hooky around the schedule of your local ball club. Find a matinee in late late May or early June and circle it. Get there early, bring your glove, and act like you’re 12 again. Going to the ballpark is the perfect way to spend your spontaneous off day. An afternoon spent in the bleachers will fill your mind with warm nostalgia that can lead to some pretty damn good ideas.
A Museum or The Zoo: Maybe the work you do is tedious and you feel undervalued by your employer. You took a day off to remind yourself that there is so much more out there than excel spreadsheets and marketing decks. A trip to a museum or the zoo on company dime offers you the opportunity to spend your day soaking in information that you can use for your next round of Bar Trivia. Going alone to a zoo or a museum gives you the chance to go at your own pace, avoiding the hordes of field trippers on your way to the IMAX movie about Neptune or the new Disney movie about Lemurs.
Movie Theater: I’d suggest a late night movie the evening before your day off over catching the matinee with old folks from the senior center. A late night movie on a Tuesday night will almost certainly be empty. So you will have your pick of seating, snacking, and spreading. Hell, if you want to you could scurry from seat to seat for no reason at all. If you decide to go during the day, you should go early
Nowhere: You always claim that work is what is standing in between you and the next great American Novel, so get to it.