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Monday, November 15, 2010

Every Monday Matters - What Matters Most?


Every Monday Matters

The average person spends:
100 hours a year commuting to work, compared to 80 hours of vacation time.

91 hours a week at work for dual-career couples with kids under 18.

1.8 hours a day doing household activities.

2.6 hours a day watching TV.

8.6 hours a day sleeping.

Time is a non-renewable resource. Once it’s used up, you can’t get it back.


Stop and think … then make a list of What Matters Most to you.

Take the What Matters Most Urgency Analysis.

Create a list of how you currently spend your time each week.

Organize your list of weekly activities and identify activities that are required and those that are optional or waste time.

Take steps to rearrange your schedule or reduce the optional activities so you can spend time doing What Matters Most.

Don’t waste time.


What really matters most to you? Your relationships with family, friends, and children? Helping others? Passions? Faith? Security? Health? At the end of each year, don’t you want to look back and see that you made a difference? That you matter? Today is the start of a new year. Start it off by making a difference in you, your life, and the lives of those you love. This is your opportunity. Time spent on What Matters Most is never wasted time.
“We believe that what matters most is not narrow appeals masquerading as values, but the shared values that show the true face of America; not narrow values that divide us, but the shared values that unite us: family, faith, hard work, opportunity and responsibility for all, so that every child, every adult, every parent, every worker in America has an equal shot at living up to their God-given potential. That is the American dream and the American value.” ~ Senator John Kerry

What is the Every Monday Matters program?

Monday used to be the least favorite day of the week, but that is changing. EMM is based on the idea that every Monday people can make a difference in their life and the lives of those around them. No matter how big or small the actions, they matter. And not only do people have the power to make change, they have a social responsibility to do so. Not out of guilt, but out of an appreciation for every living thing in the world. Together, each person can make a difference in the world and raise the collective consciousness, thereby creating a legacy worth participating in…one Monday at a time.
For more information about the EMM movement visit:
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  1. This year has not been one of my best years for reasons I won't go into, but from TO-DAY it will change, I am a positive person but a few niggling doubts have cropped up, I have put them into perpective and hope that is the answer,

    Enjoyed your post.
    Have a good day.

  2. You make Mondays sound so, I must convince myself.

  3. Love this! I am off to check it out!!! Happy Monday to you!

  4. Mondays are wonderful to me these days, Coreen. BUT--they didn't used to be, back when I was a single parent, working fulltime and raising my sons... YIPES---life was a rat-race then...

    My advice to all young couples: Work hard while you are young, put away money for retirement --so that you can retire and have 'my kind of life' when you are in your late 60's.....

    What matters to me most now is not being on a set schedule.. I don't let 'time' consume me. I definitely take time to 'smell the roses'... What matters: LOVE and for me, at my age, good HEALTH.


  5. A very thought provoking post! Yes, each and every day and minute is a gift. I think the problem is that people just fall into habit, and don't stop to realize the percentage of their time that is spent on certain things, it's good to make them aware.

  6. I once attended a seminar on Effectiveness and Efficiency. There I've learned to make a task list of the day or the week, based on importance and urgency, and to do those tasks in this order: urgent-and-important, urgent-but-not-important, not-urgent-but-important and not-urgent-and-not-important. I found having to follow this order quite effective, but I've never really thought about those under 'what matters'! Maybe they fall under importance at one point, but then maybe not.

    Thanks for sharing. This post gave me something to ponder on today.

  7. This is a wonderful post!! I am working very hard at better time managment. I tend to let some things take over my life.

  8. I used to get a frenzy on Sunday night of what was in store for the week. Now with the schedule I maintain, each day is an equal to the others.I never liked commutes for very long, my worst was 35 miles for 3 years. I have one friend who works for an airline and commutes from Sacremento,CA to his base in NJ. Not that is going a little far.You can drive across town where I live in 10 minutes.

  9. Only thing I would love to have on Monday .. more sleeeeeeeeeeep more sleeeeeeeeeep an give time to only myself & relax... I wish for it..heheheh

    Sabi Sunshine

  10. Hope you are having an awesome day!

  11. Sometimes Mondays get a bad reputation ~ you have put a good perspective on this Coreen. Monday happens to be one of the few nights out of the week that my boys and I get to sit down and enjoy dinner together. So I should be celebrating Mondays! :)

    Hope you had a beautiful Monday!
    xo Catherine

  12. Yes this is a great Monday post. I will try to remember this, we do not get our time back.

  13. What a great post! Thank you!

    I don't waste much time - your list made me feel quite smug - no commute time, scarcely any TV watching, scarcely any housework - oops did I really say that??? Gotta have the sleeping time lol.

    But I know we can always use our time more effectively, so thanks for the suggestions.

    Also thanks for stopping by and commenting. You are most welcome to take an award - Beautiful Blogger would suit your decor..:)

  14. Interesting statistics, especially the one about the work commute.

  15. You'll think I'm making this up, but I've needed to read this today. God bless you, my dear!

    p.s. did I tell you that my computer doesn't crash while reading you now! It's good!!!


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