Happy 1st of June! As we are already into the 6th day of the Islamic holy month of fasting; Ramadan, I’d like to wish you all a Ramadan Kareem and share some productivity tips for work and study during this busy, significant month.
During Ramadan, Muslims are required to observe daily fasting from the hours of sunrise to sunset for the entire holy month. During this time of year, many people are studying for and sitting exams which may seem quite a challenge considering no food or drink can be consumed during the daylight hours. However, as someone who has studied for many, many exams and worked a full time job during long days in the summer months of Ramadan, I can attest how Ramadan can actually increase productivity for work, study and even business. Here are my top 5 tips:
1. Create a timetable for the entire month
Ramadan is very clear on what activities you can and can’t do during the day and night. Creating a timetable so you know what time to have a suhoor (pre-fast snack/meal), times to pray the daily 5 prayers, when to prepare for Iftar (meal for breaking the fast) will allow you to manage your time easily and allocate the time you need for work or study tasks during the day and/or after breaking your fast.
2. Stay hydrated
Even though you can’t drink during daylight hours of fasting, it’s very important to start breaking your fast with water and ensure you keep a steady intake of fluids after breaking fast. Avoid caffeinated drinks and opt for water and natural fruit juices that can boost your energy levels, especially during suhoor time.
3. Don’t stay awake the entire night
It’s easy to get carried away with the festive Ramadan nights but when you have to work and/or study, your priority is to sleep as early as you can so you can get up early too. The night is for sleeping and no matter how much sleep you may think you can get during the day, it’s not and never will amount to the quality of sleep your body gets during the night. It’s better to sleep after Isha prayers and wake up half an hour before Fajr for Suhoor and Tahajjud (night prayers).
4. Avoid going back to sleep after Fajr prayer
Fajr is the first and earliest of the 5 obligatory daily prayers. My ideal is to wake up around 30 mins before Fajr (the first of the 5 obligatory prayers) for Tahajjud. After prayer Fajr you will naturally feel vibrant and alert. Sont go back to bed after praying Fajr because starting your day as early as possible is no doubt one of the fundamental keys to success and an early start also helps keep your energy levels in balance throughout the day.
5. Be consistent through the entire month
Keeping a good daily routine requires a high level of consistency because once you loose focus and start doing too many things out of the order of your normal schedule more than once, your daily routine looses it’s structure and no longer becomes a routine. This is likely to mean less productivity and more procrastination for you. sometimes consistency can be a difficult thing to get used to if you’ve been accustomed to an unstructured daily life. However, once you’ve put in place a structured routine (i.e.: by creating a Ramadan timetable) that is suited to your personal objectives and goals, you’ll find it more beneficial than a burden. You are also far more likely to continue these productive habits even after the holy month of Ramadan.
It’s very important to remember Ramadan is a month that encourages productivity not laziness. Even though Muslims are required to abstain from eating and drinking during the day, it is not means for sleeping as a replacement for eating until the time to break fast. Many students are observing the fast alongside preparations and sitting exams this June so understanding that a good work balance between night and day, using time effectively and wisely and being consistent in your daily routine are some basic keys to leading a successful, productive and fulfilling life, both spiritually and materially as well as achieving success during exam periods and after.
I hope you’ve found my 5 tips helpful and I wish you a productive and successful Ramadan.