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Calling all workaholics: It’s time to carpe diem! Why? Because Drake says YOLO (you only live once) and if a Canadian child star turned top-charted rapper proclaims a motto, you live by it. Plus, you work so hard, day-in and day-out you, slaving away with little to no time to yourself. Taking one measly, well-deserved personal day is important for your mental health. You deserve it! If you find yourself in the following awesome, “whoo-hoo!” circumstances — it’s time to call your boss and tell him or her you’re taking a personal day: 1. When it’s a perfect 90 degrees and a beach is a short drive away. The sand, beach, waves, and sun — if you are fortunate enough to be close to life’s natural spa, then get out of your cubicle and take advantage. There are shivering people in Alaska! (Not really). 2. You watched the first episode of the Wire and can’t stop. There’s a reason why critics say it’s by far the greatest television series ever made (thanks, Wikipedia) — it’s more gripping than Lost! Don’t even start the first episode unless you’re prepared to get sucked into a whirlwind of drug deals, murders, detectives, cops, and much, much more. 3. You scored a free room in Las Vegas. It might be because of the obscene amount of money you lost on your last trip, or you found a dirt-cheap deal on a discount site — either way, a comp’d room in Vegas is a license to getaway. Give yourself a mental vacation by immersing yourself in a place where — day or night — everyone is there for one reason only: to have a good time. 4. Bruno Mars’ “Lazy Song” happened to start playing when you woke up. What an eerie coincidence! You and Mars share the same sentiments of the day. And if this happens to be playing when you wake up (*cough* alarm ringtone *cough*)—then you owe it to the universe to oblige by this serendipitous occasion. How can anyone feel like working after singing along to this happy-go-lucky song? It’s the perfect soundtrack to your lazy day off! 5. It’s your birthday and you can stay home if you want to. Birthdays are always a reminder of just how old you’re getting—the last thing you should do is spend it working! Do something that makes you feel young (e.g. test drive a Ferrari, try on some expensive jeans, take a road trip for no reason, etc.). Playing hooky from work image from Bigstock
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