The month of Ramadan is an excellent opportunity for you to strengthen your relationship with Allah through the practice of fasting and reflection as you can take the time to appreciate everything that has been bestowed upon you. Of course, whilst this period of reflection is incredibly important, your month doesn’t come to a stop and you will want to ensure that you are managing all your commitments, both professional and personal, throughout the month of Ramadan.
We tend to operate a lot more productively if we are organised and as such, knowing how you can manage your time is crucial. In order to achieve that you can break down everything that you are hoping to do into small and achievable goals. In doing this you are going to be in a much better place to execute all your plans and do what is important to you.
You should ensure that you are putting together a monthly plan as this is going to be very helpful when it comes to staying on top of everything you hope to achieve. There are a number of ways you can make, and stay on top of, your monthly plan throughout Ramadan and this is going to be discussed, in collaboration with Esa (@big.esa), in more detail below.
Download Some Planning Software
You tend to find that most business owners have some kind of planning software at their fingertips as this is good for putting together plans and ensuring you stay on track. Most apps will let you choose between making your plans daily, weekly or monthly. You are also usually able to break down your plan, so if you have a monthly plan, you can break it down into daily tasks that will make it a lot easier to stay on top of everything.
There are a number of different types of planning software available and as such you are spoiled for choice. These options tend to have different pros and cons and as a result you need to do a bit of product research before committing to any of them. A few options that you should consider using include (but are not limited to) the following:
Make a Note of Your Different Tasks
One of the best things that you can do when it comes to making a monthly plan that is easy to stay on top of, is to write everything down. In doing this you can easily see what your responsibilities are and also keep a note of all of the appointments you have to make. If you check all of the different things that you have written down and realise that you don’t have enough time, then you will be able to recognise this and reschedule a few things. Whatever you have going on that you do not consider essential can be moved to a time which is more convenient.
This follows on from the above as by colour coding all your different tasks you will be in a much better position to recognise what is and isn’t important. As such, if you need to move things around or recognise what is most important for the rest of your day then you are able to do this at a much faster rate. Not only can you colour code for urgency, but you can do it for different tasks as well, so you know what you are going to need for the day ahead. This can also be helpful when it comes to breaking your fast as you can tailor your meals depending on how much energy you will need throughout the rest of the day.
Always Eat During Iftar and Suhoor
You need to ensure that you are taking advantage of Iftar and Suhoor and eating good food that will make it easier to stay on top of all the tasks you have ahead of you for the rest of the day. You should make sure that the meals you are eating are healthy and take advantage of several different food groups. This means that you are having plenty of fruit and veg, meat and also carbohydrates like wholegrain bread and brown rice. Make sure that when you have food, you do not overeat because if you do, you run the risk of starting to feel sluggish and lethargic for the rest of the day, which will make it harder for you to complete your tasks.
Plan for Flexibility
This is a great piece of advice when it comes to staying on top of your different tasks throughout Ramadan. A lot of practising Muslims tend to spend time with family and friends throughout the holy month and as such, it may be the case that some plans come up at the last minute. The best way to account for these last-minute plans is to always allow for flexibility within your schedule. If you are leaving yourself a bit of free time, then you are easily able to deal with all of the different things that might end up presenting themselves.
Esa shares his thoughts below
“It can become difficult to stay productive with daily commitments whilst fasting due to the lack of energy you may experience. I have experienced this myself and through plenty of trial & error, I now utilise the best practices in order to stay productive during the month and also increase in my acts of worship.
For example, I’ve completely changed my mentality on my salah. Rather than seeing prayer to be an action I have to fit in during my schedule, I now work my tasks and commitments around prayer timings. The prayer is not only seen as a way of worshipping Allah but also as a well needed mental break away from the stresses of the world. By thinking like this and acting upon it, I get more work done leading up to the salah and also pray on time.
Fitness is also a big part of my lifestyle and I know a lot of us would like to continue with the gym even during Ramadan. I found that the following options are the best times to get a workout in, depending on your flexibility:
- If you need to be up early in the morning the next day, then getting a workout an hour or so before Iftar at a lower intensity would be great for you. You’ll be able to get in more hours of sleep as opposed to working out after Iftar or Taraweeh.
- If you have a more flexible schedule and/or don’t need to be up early the next day, then perhaps working out after Iftar or Taraweeh may be a better option. You’ll have much more energy during the session too.
Remember, a bad workout is only a workout you missed!”
When it comes to practising the month of Ramadan, it can be a bit tricky staying on top of all the personal and professional commitments that you have. As such, you may want to consider some of the above advice which will make it a lot easier for you to stay on top of your monthly tasks. If you would like to be kept up to date with more news surrounding Ramadan and Islam then be sure to look out for our articles this month.