Four ways to organize busy and blessed month of Ramadan
Ramadan arrives and makes your day become full of plans that you want to achieve. From Suhoor, to waking up for work, all the way to Iftar, you feel stuck in a complex and busy cycle that needs to be organized. Most of you could be asking for help to get things done on time or to organize your busy day. Ramadan is all about balancing between your religious practices and daily life tasks. Therefore, you will need an ultimate guide to organize and ease up your to-dos during the day.
Here are some time management tips during the holy month:
With Ramadan kicking in summer, you will need to always be active in planning your day. Don’t plan how your day is going to be in the middle of it. Rather, always plan as early as possible, a night before if possible. Always grab your notebook or whatever you feel comfortable with, and start writing down your thoughts and plans. Once you finish, it is better to transform these points into a scheduled note with a date and time. This will make it easier for you to follow-up with your own tasks. Don’t overburn yourself with too many tasks that you won’t be able to handle while fasting. Make sure that your schedule is defined as achievable, realistic, and time-bound. If you do the opposite, you will find yourself drowned in a schedule that will leave you panicked and disappointed.
Ramadan’s basic goals
Bear in mind the basic goals that you need to achieve religiously. Ramadan is a month of faith, therefore, you need to focus on increasing your Ibada’. Aim for direct worship, such as your daily prayers, fasting, Quran, Duaa, and Sadaqah. It is the time to improve yourself in these specific areas and to be closer to Allah. It is okay if you find yourself not able to achieve every single one of them, rather, be proud that you are doing your best. Avoid putting high expectations on yourself and start realizing your tiny real improvements during Ramadan.
When you finally set aside an organized schedule, it is now your responsibility to keep yourself in check. Timing is everything, therefore, you need to set perfect timings for your tasks. In order words, assign each task with specific timing to ensure that your schedule is measurable. For instance, start your day with praying and go straight up to finish your studying, preferably in the afternoon. Reciting Quran would be better left to the Fajr time after Suhoor. Avoid any kind of distractions and shut off your laptops, TV, and mobile devices when you do your religious practices. You will be leaning toward having unnecessary or long breaks which will hinder you from reaching your goals set for this Ramadan.
Health is a priority, too!
Summer nights tend to be long, and in most cases you find yourself staying late for Suhoor. This will prevent you from resting your body and mind that is necessary for the next day. Try not to be harsh on yourself and be flexible to an extent. If you want to stay up to recite the Quran during Ramadan, make sure to take power naps in the middle of the day. This will help you recharge your energy to function for the next day. Drink plenty of water from Iftar till Suhoor to stay hydrated and avoid dizziness.
(Written by Yara Lotfy)