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Why we should all take a Minimum Viable Day

Every once in a while, we all experience an “I don’t want to get up for work” kind of day. A day where giving a 120 % is just not an option when we will struggle to do 80 %. While everyone argues about bringing your whole self to work for most of us, sometimes it’s just not an option. And how can it? When we are burdened by the weight of always doing and being better, there is no room for low energy and lack of focus. And while this is a part of being human, it’s still a missing piece from today’s work ethos.

If you are familiar with product development, the concept of creating an MVP, or minimum viable product, is not a new term. Originally, the term comes from the Lean Startup by Eric Ries, who describes an MVP as a version of a product with just enough features and functionality to satisfy early customers with the least amount of effort. There is room for iterations and updates along the way, but with the priority on delivery over perfection, the first step is to focus on the core features of the product. Essentially, a successful MVP in three words is quick, simple and basic.

So, with this in mind, what if we turn things around and apply the “minimum viable” concept to other areas, not just to product development? How about we apply it to our own daily lives?

Welcome to the concept of the Minimum Viable Day

An MVD means doing only the crucial work to prevent chaos and actively facilitating a slower day with the intention of higher productivity levels in the coming days. We talk about developing products and working within the limited resources we have, but we rarely apply the less is more principle to ourselves.

So many of us stress out when we’ve had a bad day. Often resulting in a bad mood, one too many beers and binge watching Netflix in bed! But aren’t we told that life isn’t black or white? Incorporating an occasional MVD keeps you in the game, even on tho