8 Tips to be Time Efficient this Ramadan
Ramadan is right at our doorsteps and we are all so excited to start fasting and benefit from the many blessings Allah (swt) showers upon us. We get very active in Ramadan masha’Allah. It is actually rather amusing how Allah (swt) pumps all this energy and faith in us during Ramadan that it keeps us going Alhamdulillah. With all this energy and enthusiasm we still need to manage our time properly to get the most out of this special month of the year.
If you want to be a successful person in life, it is important to manage your time and get things done on schedule. That might be a hassle during Ramadan given all the things you want to get done in the short 30 days that we have. You might think that there is not enough time to get everything done, but with a little time management, you will be able to finish your day with more control over what you achieve.
Do you usually feel like you have a lot to do in Ramadan but you end up getting off track?
You are not alone.
I do too, and that is why I follow these 8 tips:
- Plan Ahead of Time
Planning is the foundation of time efficiency. Without planning, you can waste your whole Ramadan with not much being done. That is why it is extremely important to know what goals you want to accomplish during Ramadan, before Ramadan actually starts. For example, you want to read Tafseer, cook healthy food, learn something new about Islam every day, etc.
- Set Your Goals
Once you know what goals you want to fulfill, it is important to set and write them down for later reference. Goal setting is very important because it keeps you focused on what you are going to do. Without these goals, you might waste your time being confused about what exactly you are trying accomplish and what you are supposed to finish. So, grab a piece of paper and write them down, or write them on your phone or in a planner.
- Prioritize Your Goals
Not only should you set your goals, but also prioritize them because not all of what you have to do has the same importance. Some things are more important than others. Some require more attention and effort than others. That is why you should rank your goals according to their priority.
Without prioritizing your goals, you might end up wasting your time working on tasks that are less important than others and you won’t achieve your desired results because the more important work may not be finished by the end of the day.
So, rearrange the goals you wrote down in the order of most important to least important. When you utilize the early hours of the morning, you will be sure that you get the most important things done first because that is what will be on top of your list.
- Schedule Your Goals
Allocate time to each of your goals. The purpose of doing that is to keep you on track of what you should do and prevent you from stressing out. If, for example, one of your goals is to read 20 pages of the Qur’an per day, and that you think it will take you an hour and a half to thoroughly read it, and after Salat Al Asr would be the best time for you to read, then allocate an hour and a half for this goal after Salat Al Asr every day.
You might not be able to stick to this schedule 100% when something out of your control takes places, but at least you have a schedule and you know you can try your best to achieve these goals in shaa Allah.
- Allocate Specific Time for Ibadah
You should make sure that your goals also include Ibadah. Afterall, Ramadan is all about increasing our Imaan and Taqwa, so we should definitely benefit from this time of year to spiritually elevate ourselves and gain more Hasanaat. Schedule time for making Thikr, Tasbeeh, and Duaa, reading Qur’an and Tafseer, increasing your spiritual knowledge, doing good deeds, and other kinds of Ibadah.
You obviously cannot do Ibadah 24/7 because it is a little unrealistic since you have other responsibilities like taking care of your children, cooking Iftaar, working, etc. So, in order to know how much time to allocate for Ibadah during the day, you can subtract the hours needed for sleep and the hours needed for your other obligations from the 24 hours of the day and you will get the remaining time for minimum Ibadah per day. (24 – hours of sleep – hours of other responsibilities) = Ibadah time.
Be sure to have at least 2 hours of Ibadah per day and not get caught up in worldly matters only because you do not want to miss out on the high benefits of Ramadan.
- Fast from Social Media and Social Activities
We are all attached to social media these days and it takes a lot of our time. We do not want that to affect us in Ramadan and distract us from what is important. So, try to take a break from your socializing and focus more on your relationship with Allah. Check Facebook and Twitter for shorter periods of time, go to fewer Iftaar feasts, do not go to unnecessary gatherings, etc. This would give you more free time to worship Allah in shaa Allah.
- Have a Healthy Suhour and Iftaar
You won’t be able to accomplish any of your set goals if you are feeling tired, sleep-deprived, lazy, or weak. That is why you should be sure to have a healthy Suhour and Iftaar everyday, drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, abstain from unhealthy food and drinks, and get enough sleep every night (6-8 hours). That way, you will be able to charge yourself with enough energy to achieve more during Ramadan in shaa Allah.
- Make Duaa to be Productive and Time Efficient
This is extremely important. Make Duaa to Allah (swt) that he supports you in your daily struggles to remain productive and time efficient. Never underestimate the power of Duaa because by asking Allah (swt) for guidance and insisting on being time efficient you will definitely get what you want because Allah (swt) is the Most Generous.
Being time conscious is crucial if you want to have control over your daily agenda and at the same time keep your stress level at its minimum. Do not forget that everything is more possible when you insistently ask Allah (swt) for it in your Duaa. You will always face some challenges everyday that might get you off track, but that is normal. All you have to do is make sure you do not give up and have faith because Allah (swt) will definitely make your life easier. Trust me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fatima Hachem is a web and brand designer and personal development and productivity blogger with a positive attitude. Designing and branding websites are her passion but she also enjoys helping others be productive and improve themselves in life. Her biggest aim is to inspire Muslimahs all over the world to keep them motivated and have a positive attitude in life.