Naked low on Monday? How this TikTok trend could change your work week
Do we finally have a cure for “bad Monday case”? Trainer and expert Rachel Hite says minimal Mondays can be another piece of the work-life balance puzzle.
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There is a trend now that exhausted and burnt out workers are approaching Mondays in a whole new way, rather than at the expected breakneck pace that corporate culture requires. It’s called Low Low Monday and is part of a growing movement against hustle culture and relies more on work-life balance tactics.
Accepting a “Minimum Monday” means that you deliberately start your week slowly, that you are not going to take on any important tasks, but only the bare minimum of tasks necessary for your work.
What if, instead of making Monday something you dread, you rearrange your schedule to focus on creative and relaxed marketing tasks (which you never find time for) and completely change the way you approach the work week?
One of the main goals of this trend is to help minimize the “Sunday fears,” or the anxiety and fear that most people experience on a Sunday night, thinking about how busy Monday will be after a peaceful weekend.
For many (including all generations), “hustle culture” is unsettling and unrealistic for their personal values and even their individual lifestyles.
For commission agents, coaches, brokers, and industry leaders, they say you have to “dig deep,” “double up” and be on top to succeed in a down market.
America remains the most overworked developed country in the world. Productivity per employee is up 434% since 1950, email and Slack are making working after hours harder than ever, but supposed rewards like buying real estate are getting more out of reach. — Holly Thomas, CNN, “Minimum Mondays” is bigger than it looks.
Minimal facts about Monday
Followers of this trend prioritize self-care, avoid scheduling important appointments, and spend time doing tasks that help them reduce stress, while focusing on maintaining consistent energy.
The name alone of this trend (which is a quieter version of a quiet exit) is enough to cause many boomers or overworked Gen Xers to spontaneously burn out, so it’s best not to tell the world what you’re doing. But never be afraid – the beauty of this trend is that anyone can try it and reap the promised benefits, and that can be your own little secret to success.
How to spend a Monday minimum
Make Monday a “work from home” day Answer basic questions and emails with short and concise answers. Avoid scheduling intense meetings. Be sure to make time to spend some time doing laundry and cooking so you can keep up all week. Listen to career-building podcasts or audiobooks and take long walks. “Required” tasks for the week and the steps needed to complete them. Answer phone calls and text messages only as needed. Tidy up your desktop and have your documents ready for use by the end of the week. time
What could be the perfect Monday for? Creative Marketing Challenges
For example, silent entries and blog posts for your newsletter or website. Create a simple social media quick copy spreadsheet that you can copy and paste within a week. future projects Complete training courses to learn the skills and technologies to make marketing easier for yourself in the future
Hate it; I hate this
If you’re concerned about “minimal Mondays”, “quiet exits” and all the other trends that seem to go against everything hustle culture has taught you, these tendencies can be very annoying and frustrating. While you’re mumbling that people are too soft and no one wants to work anymore…think about it.
This tool can be used once a month instead of every Monday and can be a very effective way to bring more work-life balance into your schedule. This can help with retention. Sometimes pushing a team too hard is the complete opposite of what they want. The hustle culture may motivate some people to go above and beyond, but remember to ask yourself if this hustle is sustainable. Self-care is not selfish, wasteful, ridiculous, or unnecessary. This can be the key to helping your team cross the finish line in a down market. Break is not the enemy of success.
How do you know if this trend is right for you?
As with any trend, this is probably just a fleeting reaction to burnout, savings, and the general frustration of not getting the results you want from work based on the hours you put in.
If you are going to use this tool, of course, use it responsibly. If done thoughtfully, easing off within a week can be a brilliant move for your career. And if you can avoid the Monday event, who can blame you for trying something new?
Rachel Hite is a former agent, business development professional, fair housing advocate, editor and is currently refining her long game of selling homes in a retirement community in Northern Virginia. You can chat with her about life, marketing and business on Instagram and Twitter.