Preciousness of time

Time
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For Muslims, efficient time management is a very significant aspect of daily life. Muslims believe that  time is like a gift that should not be taken for granted, and should be used wisely. A way in which we can effectively manage our time is by creating a timetable and abiding by.

Muslims believe that Allah is in charge of everything that happens, and that when they become stressed, even if it is regarding time management, they should remember that Allah is with them. What can also help is the use of a timetable, as having the opportunity to visualise our tasks on a list allows us to see more clearly how much progress we are making. Essentially, by the use of a timetable, we avoid worrying about how the amount of tasks we have remaining to complete, as we have a clear schedule in front of us, as opposed to keeping ‘mental notes’.

Islam teaches that people should make time for things like resting, spending time with family, exercising. Effective time management perhaps creates more time for us to use, as doing so means that, as we may allocate time for us to complete work-related tasks, we are also able to allocate time for our hobbies and things we enjoy doing.

It is important to remember, though, that we create our timetables and schedules in order to help us manage our time effectively, that we should set goals that are achievable. Often, we find that setting broad goals or aims that are more vague, make it more difficult for us to meet them. If we detail the specifics of long-term goals into small chunks that are more achievable, we are perhaps more likely to actually reach them, as we are able to see more clearly how we are progressing.

Prioritisation is a key element of effective time management. If create a schedule of tasks, but we do not have a considered order, we are likely to struggle with achieving completion of the tasks, or achieving optimised completion of the tasks. Noting down a considered order in which we aim to complete our tasks, allows us to follow a more coherent flow.

Muslim believe they should be grateful for the time they have and that they should use it wisely. Setting a time limit for each task is a way to optimise the completion of tasks, as we are able to estimate how long a task may take to complete, as well as making it more clear to us how much time we should allow ourselves to spend on each task.

Islam teaches that people should make time for things like resting, spending time with family, exercising. Effective time management perhaps creates more time for us to use, as doing so means that, as we may allocate time for us to complete work-related tasks, we are also able to allocate time for our hobbies and things we enjoy doing. Taking breaks in between tasks to do something we enjoy is vital as it gives us something to look forward to, motivating us to focus on the task as hand, but it also gives us the crucial space to turn our attention to something that is not related to our schedule of tasks.

Intending to work on many tasks at once may seem like an efficient way of tackling our to-do lists, but it may actually make it harder for us to progress through our tasks. Focusing on each task, one-by-one, helps us to avoid becoming overwhelmed.