Monday, February 03, 2014

The Art Of Self-Betterment: Tips on writing a schedule! Part 1


"All praise and thanks belongs to Allaah. Lord & Creator of all the worlds. May He bestow His peace & mercy upon the Prophet, his family, his companions, and on all of those who follow them in truth until The Last Day." Aameen

As salaamu alaykunna!

Today is The Art of Self Betterment!!!! Woo hoo! We are all about growing, loving our self, and evolving. One of my favorite topics and it's a recurring theme since MP started

the act or process of bettering; improvement.

change for the better

I want to personally better myself. I know I'm not where I want to be- but I have a desire in me to change. This is a good starting place. I am not content with who I am, where I am, whether that is in Islaam or in my personal life.

One area that I want to get better in is scheduling, handling my task in a manner that works for me and gets things done.

If you're like me then you pretty much start throwing everything you can think of that you want to do/need to do/desire to do in a schedule and start sticking times on it. 

I kinda get frustrated with that style now. I don't know how realistic it is for me anymore.

Forbes stated: Map Out Your Day. Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable. While scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health. Plan a 10 minute break after that stressful meeting for a quick walk around the block or a moment of meditation at your desk. Trying to eat healthy? Schedule a small window in the evening to pack a few nutritious snacks to bring to work the next day.

I use to write a schedule out for the whole week. I don't think that works for me. What I plan on doing is sitting down at Fajr to plan my day.

In the past I use to write everything out- slap a time on it - and rush to meet the deadlines. That's not for me anymore. How do you schedule your day? Are you using apps? Or are you old school like me and write it in a book?

Let's talking about getting up for Fajr for a sec.

Quick tips for getting up for Fajr:

1. To be assiduous in observing the Aadaab [good manners prescribed in Islam] as to what to do before sleep 

2. To fill one's heart with faith and good deeds. Once faith is alive in the heart, it induces the person to do good deeds and strive unremittingly hard. 

3. To make sure to go to bed early as the Prophet used to

4. To keep away from Ma'aasi [acts of disobedience to Allah] by protecting the eyes, the tongue, the hearing and all the senses from indulging in the perception of objects that Allah has made unlawful for us.

5. To bear in mind the great reward for attending Fajr prayer in congregation on time, and the strong rebuke for him to fails to observe it and to satisfy its conditions

6. To realize the bad effects resulting from one's failure to pray Fajr, such as the melancholic and depressive state of mind and the loss of many religious and worldly benefits, and the good effects resulting from managing to perform it.

7. To lose no time to categorically clear yourself from the stigma of hypocrisy. Because of the difficulty of waking for this time, praying Fajr in congregation provides evidence that a person has firm faith and is free from hypocrisy.

What matters most? What's important? When you are writing a schedule think about this. I know right now these things from the top of my head are important:

1. Religious Studies

2. Homeschooling 

3. Homemaking (all the domestic aspects)

4. Working for my husband

5. Blogging

6. Me time

When it's time to carry out your schedule - disconnect from social media, put up a don't disturb sign physically or at least mentally. You are bound to get a lot done In shaa Allaah

You have an ideal day. And a realistic day. Ideal means satisfying one's conception of what is perfect; most suitable.

Realistic means having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected / accurate 
or true to life

Lastly , how are you going to keep your schedule? Are you old school like me? I use my pen and paper. Or are you using technology? Figure it out!

1 comment:

  1. Good things to think about! I love apps for to do lists that span out farther than a week, but then have a piece of laminated paper on the fridge for writing down things I want to get done in a day. I don't have times on my daily plan because it stresses me out to miss them, and with two little ones, my time isn't really my own. Having a list I want to complete works well enough, at least at this point in life.


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