‘Bare Minimum Mondays’: What It Means and What to Do About It 

‘Bare Minimum Mondays’: What It Means and What to Do About It 

With the rise of technology, everyone has been enjoying the privileges of communicating, connecting, and sharing their thoughts online. Because of this, so many buzzwords are emerging on a daily basis.

As these catchy terms find their way into the workplace, both employees and employers are left overwhelmed and confused about the meaning behind each one. For example, one of the most recent buzzwords is the term “Bare Minimum Mondays”.

What exactly does it mean and how does it affect you? Keep reading this article to find out in detail.


Meaning Behind the Buzzword 

From the name itself, ‘Bare Minimum Mondays’ focuses on the act of employees doing only the minimum amount of work needed to start the week. So instead of forcing themselves to be productive, they only do the important tasks needed to be done on that day.

Usually, employees spend their extra hours doing leisurely tasks. Whether they browse their phone, read books, or watch movies, the main goal is to feel relaxed and laid back during the first day of the week.


Source and Similarities

The origin of the buzzword is hard to pinpoint because of how wide the internet is. Regardless, it has been a famous topic of discussion on different social media websites. For example, videos posted on TikTok about the topic have collectively garnered 3.7 million views as of July 2023.¹

Similar to other trendy bandwagons in the workplace, ‘Bare Minimum Mondays’ is just a new name for concepts that have already existed in the workplace. Doing only the required task for the day is already something people do in most – if not every – industry.

There have also been previous buzzwords related to the idea of ‘bare minimum Mondays’. Some examples are:

  • Results-Only Work Environment – this is a trend where employers measure the output of the employee instead of the hours they spend working in a day. So, an employee finishing all daily tasks within two hours is equal to someone finishing all daily tasks in twelve hours. Workers have autonomy over their tasks and can choose when and how to finish them before the given deadline.
  • Flexitime – instead of having one schedule, employees are given the freedom to choose when to start and end their workday. They also decide when their break will be as long as their decided schedule meets guidelines provided by the organization (e.g., they must work for eight hours each day with an hour of lunch).


Reasons for Bare Minimum Monday

Similar to other work trends and buzzwords, ‘bare minimum Mondays’ stemmed from situations that many people experience all around the world. Things like office culture, working environment, and amount of workload factor into the popularity of the trend. The following are three specific reasons why the buzzword has been garnering attention all throughout the internet.


1. Workload Paralysis 

Sometimes when employees come in on Monday to review the work they need to do for the week, they become overwhelmed and feel as if they don’t know where to start. This phenomenon can be referred to as ‘Workload Paralysis’. It is also quite similar to ‘Sunday Scaries’.

According to a survey conducted by LinkedIn, 80 percent of 3,000 people said they experience a case of the ‘Sunday Scaries’ every week.² What does this buzzword mean and how does it relate to a bare minimum Monday? Well, it refers to the feeling of dread and anxiety heading back to work.

In these two situations, a bare minimum Monday becomes a way for them to relax and take one task at a time. Some even say they feel liberated from the pressure of productivity which helps them feel at ease to do work at their own pace.


2. Productivity Optimization 

Critics mention that this trend is just an excuse for employees to be lazy. They also argue that it would negatively affect the workload of the employees for that day. But several companies and experts have noticed an increase in both productivity and efficiency because of it.

Instead of spending hours working on one task due to workload paralysis, employees would be able to finish in short time spans since they’re also motivated to finish early. The faster they get their tasks done, the earlier they can dedicate their time to the things they love to do.

Following the trend of ‘Bare Minimum Mondays’ would also help people learn how to organize and prioritize their tasks for the week. Before an employee can do their required tasks for the day, they need to first understand which projects and assignments should be given the most priority. They can also list what they need to do for the week and when they need to be done.


3. Health Prioritization 

A Gallup article published in 2020 stated that 76 percent of employees experience burnout.³ This can lead to lower levels of employee productivity and motivation. In this issue, following the bare minimum Monday can help since it focuses on doing tasks that are relaxing and engaging for employees.

Instead of forcing themselves to work on the tasks meant for tomorrow, employees would be able to do their hobbies in a guilt-free manner. They could focus on fun activities that could improve their mental health. They could also opt for physical activities like yoga and exercise which can improve their overall wellbeing.

Prioritizing health at the start of the week is highly suggested since it can set a positive tone for the rest of the week. It also promotes a good work-life balance, healthy boundaries, and generally a more sustainable approach to work, projects, and tasks.


Navigating Bare Minimum Mondays 

Trends and buzzwords come and go but they usually point out important aspects of work. With regards to ‘bare minimum Monday’, the following are three actionable tips for anyone in the workplace.


Actionable Tips for Employees

  • Learn how to prioritize tasks. Don’t be stuck on the amount of workload you have. Rather, organize the things you have to do and choose one task to focus on. Treat your workload as steps that should be taken one at a time.
  • Manage your time. With proper time management, you would be able to finish your responsibilities while still prioritizing the life you have outside of work.
  • Set clear boundaries. You can’t control the opinions of others, so you need to set healthy boundaries at work. As long as you are accomplishing what you need to do on time, you don’t need to follow demands outside of your responsibilities.


Read More: The Overworking Epidemic: How to Regain Control of Your Time and Avoid Burnout 


Actionable Tips for Employers

  • Set realistic expectations. Help your employees establish a healthy relationship with their work. By giving them a manageable workload, you’re also helping increase their productivity and efficiency inside the office.
  • Encourage flexibility. Allowing your employees to choose what they do in a day within reasonable terms promotes both flexibility and independence. Avoid micromanaging and give them space to work.
  • Hire the right people. At the end of the day, your employees are there because you chose them from a pool of candidates. To ensure a worker that can strive in your company, consider applying the best hiring practices from the get-go.



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1 “Bare Minimum Mondays.” TikTok, Jul. 2023, www.tiktok.com/channel/bare-minimum-mondays.

2 Mably, Timothy. “How To Overcome The “Sunday Scaries”.” LinkedIn, 30 Jun. 2022, www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-overcome-sunday-scaries-get-ahead-by-linkedin-news/.

3 Wigert, Ben. “Employee Burnout: The Biggest Myth.” Gallup, 13 Mar. 2020, www.gallup.com/workplace/288539/employee-burnout-biggest-myth.aspx.

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