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Benefits of 'bare minimum' Mondays

No matter how much we enjoy our jobs, many people struggle with the so-called 'Sunday scaries' each weekend.

But it may be possible to ease into the week a lot better, by embracing the new trend for 'bare minimum' Mondays.

Inspired by Marisa Jo's viral TikTok videos, the concept doesn't mean foregoing work altogether, but instead refers to prioritising only the essential tasks that need to be completed at the start of the week.

"Bare minimum Mondays can help to reduce feelings of overwhelm and makes your to-do list more manageable," noted Adam Butler, workplace solutions expert and chief executive of Officeology. "This will result in feeling accomplished at the end of the day, knowing you've done the important things, without overdoing it - there's no better feeling than starting the week off with a productive, yet more relaxed day."

Depending on your work setting, a simple way to embrace the idea could be setting aside time in your lunch break to go outside for a walk, get a manicure, or focus on a hobby for half an hour.

"By having an activity planned that you enjoy, it can ease the Sunday night fear and increase productivity," he explained.

And while bare minimum Mondays won't suit all organisations, there are some other ways to incorporate the concept into the working week.

"Employers can also encourage a more relaxed Monday to enhance wellbeing and productivity within their teams," added Adam. "No-meeting Mondays or allowing employees to block out focus time are just some of the small changes that can make a big difference to people's perception of the first day back at work."