If obligations have you second-guessing your decisions right now, then there are some creative excuses available that people will believe. Whether you’d prefer to stay home and read, play video games, or go in a different direction, these are the best options to consider.
1. “I’m Too Tired to Finish Things Today.”
People take work harder today than arguably at any other time in history. Being tired is a constant state of being for many of us. If you tell people that you’re too out of energy to get stuff done, it’ll be a believable excuse. You just don’t want to make a habit of using this one.
2. “I Don’t Feel Very Good.”
A sudden illness isn’t unusual to experience. Outbreaks of the measles, influenza, and other viruses or diseases lend credibility to this excuse. Adding a few details, like you can’t stop throwing up, can sell the story.
3. “I Lost My Wallet/ Keys/ Phone.”
If you can’t find your keys, then it is challenging to get somewhere to complete your obligations. Leaving your home unprotected is unacceptable, and the average person will understand. It would help if you also had your wallet, phone, or purse to manage your responsibilities.
4. “I Completely Forgot!”
The best creative excuses focus on forgetfulness. You can be “terrible” at remembering names, “bad” at putting things on your calendar, and other items that really require no skill. Everyone forgets something at some point in their life, so it becomes a very believable experience.
5. “I Missed My Ride.”
Did the train take off early without you realizing it? Perhaps the bus schedule changed and you didn’t know what happened? It could even be the excuse that you can’t get your car started. It’s an excuse that will make other people sigh, but it also creates an aura of authenticity that’s difficult to deny.
6. “I Have a Pet Emergency.”
This excuse can turn into a “boy who cried wolf” situation quickly if you’re not careful. It’s a one-time-only card you can play. You’ll want to use it wisely – and make sure you actually have a pet at home.
Is Honesty the Best Policy?
You also have the option to be honest about your obligations.
Tell people that you don’t want to fulfill those obligations, and then walk away knowing that you were honest. It won’t make others happy about your choices, but sometimes that outcome is better than getting caught in a lie.