Excuses for doing non-work related activities on your work computer:
- All work and no play …
- Connecting with the outside world is motivating, and therefore your productivity actually increases, so this apparently irrelevant web-surfing or emailing or job application writing is, in fact, in your employer’s interest.
- You need to find out what inappropriate activities other people are doing so that you can ask them to stop it.
- In an holistic cosmos, everything is inter-related, and you resent the implied distrust.
Excuses for arriving home late
- The boss needed someone from the team to attend an executive meeting about the group’s future viability, and I was selected as the most persuasive member.
- You met an attractive salesperson, had a few drinks, booked a room at a hotel, made passionate love and then had a romantic, candle-lit dinner, though not necessarily in that order.
- You had a consultation with a marriage guidance counsellor.
- You went to the kids’ school, as you thought it was parent-teacher night.
Excuses for having children
- My partner and I were bored with each other, and we felt that kids would keep the relationship alive, and there seemed little downside in testing the theory.
- We did a cost-benefit analysis, and they seemed better value than renovating the house.
- They would be company for the dog when we were at work.
- We needed the aggravation.
- It wasn’t solely your fault.
- It was an investment decision: we hope that parenthood will pay off during our retirement.
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