National Goof-off Day
National Goof-off Day is observed next on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 (53 days from today).
Certainly, the importance of hard work and dedication to staying productive can be a lot to talk about. Because there's so much of that being said, Goof off Day is the exact opposite! Goof off Day reminds hard workers that there is a time for everything, of course that resource includes time dedicated to doing nothing. During the day, if possible.
Winnie the Pooh has the best saying on this subject, which is "doing nothing leads to the best". And many people find that they need something for a feeling of inner peace, relaxation, and they also need a day out from all the stress of "doing". So it's time to take a cue from Winne the Pooh and learn how to enjoy Goof off Day!
History of Goof off Day
A visionary is required with every new movement, a pioneer ready to push the boundaries of the ideas of their time and cause a revolution. For Good off Day, Monica (Moeller) DuFour that visionary. Monica is known as a resident of Davidson, Michigan, USA, who quite simply had every moment of the day to do something.
It was this young man's great ambition that made Goof off Day an international holiday in 1983, just seven years after its first celebration in 1976. The proof is that genius is not limited by age. Artistic and intellectual, Monica was only 10 years old when Goof off Day was created, which was started with the help of her grandfather.
A local newspaper took the idea and implemented it after Monica explained the concept of Goof off Day, starting this day on the road to becoming everyone's favorite day!
Perhaps it makes sense for someone so young to realize the importance of doing nothing every now and then. The essence of Goof off Day is to take time out of your leisurely days to daydream, to hang out with friends and family, and of course to enjoy all the wonders life has to offer. And all of this will happen without any effort trying to achieve the effect!
This was clearly demonstrated through the wisdom of a child and she is so generous in sharing this with millions of adults around the world.
How to celebrate Goof off Day
The most important part of celebrating Goof off Day is that on this day, people are encouraged to do the thing they enjoy, especially people are not required to do anything that people find uninteresting. Let's look at a few ideas that can help improve and eliminate all the negative vibes that surround work and productivity:
Make it Pajamas Day
For those of you who feel more fun to dress up at home, declare Dress up Day as a day without clothes! Just stay in pajamas all day. Sleep in, enjoy a late breakfast (donut sprinkles or something super stupid) and just spend the day lounging around the house. Make a blanket fortress. Play video games. Eat ice cream for lunch, breakfast and takeout for dinner. Just make sure not to accidentally clean anything or do any actual work!
Watch the movie Goof-Off
Try these silly movies that are mostly about stupidity:
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1983). A John Hughes film starring Matthew Broderick and Alan Ruck about three friends who drop out of school and spend their days going to the hijinx in the city of Chicago.
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). This movie talks about Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, they are star in this silly story. This story talks about two teenagers travel through time in preparation for a presentation for history class.
Throw a stupid party
Get together after work or invite family and friends over for the most fun party ever! Of course, remember not to put too much time or effort into preparing the party, or it will defeat the purpose of the day. Encourage people to bring the dumbest food or drink they can think of and then watch one of the goofy movies from the list above.
Make work fun
Not everyone can afford to take off work on Goof off Day. But that doesn't mean that the day can't be enjoyed and celebrated anyway! It's a great day to put on a fun hat to work, sign emails with a silly pseudonym, or play mock music through headphones.
Try learning how to juggle with a stress ball (or stapler), or wear a shirt and tie it upside down today. Anything silly that can make someone laugh will do. Then take a moment and hang out at the water cooler chatting with your co-workers – hydration is important after all!
After work, remember not to start doing productive things. Instead of mowing the lawn or doing other 'important' chores, take the kids to the park and relax outside. Whatever you choose to do on Inactivity Day, don't let the malicious idea of being productive every day get in the way of having a good time! The big goal is to reach the end of the day with absolutely nothing.
Either way you do, share your Goof off Day on social media with hashtag #NationalGoofOffDay, also with some notes to encourage your friends to enjoy Goof off Day.
ObservedNational Goof-off Day has been observed annually on March 22nd.
Monday, March 22nd, 2021
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023
Friday, March 22nd, 2024
Saturday, March 22nd, 2025
Monica "Moeller" Dufour in 1976
William D. Chase in 1976