By Andrew Pryor and Kayla Garritano

You’re at work, staring at your computer, avoiding the pile of papers sitting on your desk. Right now, all you’re thinking about is an afternoon escape. If you’re contemplating calling in sick or checking out early, see if you can plan a day with your partner so you can make it a “sick day” to remember. It’s not like your work is going anywhere. Besides, what’s a day off to have fun if your partner can’t be there with you?

Cupid has five reasons to hop the cubicle walls and give you some date ideas with your significant other:

1. Celebrate a promotion: If you’ve just picked up a new title and a pay raise, what better way to celebrate than to spend some time off with someone you love? They can sweep you away to a late lunch or a fancy dinner date where you can toast your latest success.

2. Get an early start on happy hour: It’s five o’clock somewhere! If you leave work early, you should have plenty of time to hit your favorite bar. Meet your partner there and think back to the first time you bought him or her a drink. Nothing like some good drinks, a couple laughs and nice memories.

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3. Adopt or create your own holiday: Whether it’s Talk Like A Pirate Day, Flying Spaghetti Monster Day or the birthday of a celebrity you’ve always worshiped, find a reason to celebrate, and take time off from work. You can keep the holiday going every year and create some unique traditions!

4. It’s a nice day outside: Look out the window, feel the sunshine hitting your face and imagine lying in the grass with the love of your life. Life is too short to spend eight hours of your day indoors, so find an out-of-the-way spot that you and your honey can call your own.

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5. No reason: The best things in life are unexpected. Come home early and surprise your partner with a sensuous and lovely day together. Sometimes, you don’t need an excuse to spend a day away from work – you just need someone to make that day worthwhile…and maybe a ‘broken’ alarm clock.

Do you have any ideas about how to escape the workday with your partner?  Share them with us in a comment below.