بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
One of you asked for more lectures of time management so here goes…
[Reminder: I’m still waiting for feedback from those of you who have not gotten around to it yet.]
Here’s a lecture to remind us of the importance of each SECOND.
Making Every Second Count by Dr. Bilal Philips (Download)
Ah, yes. Time management.
I have a sneaky suspicion that most of the planet has done a lot of reading on this topic and that very few of them have actually been able to implement what they read.
Still, try and try again until you get it.
So, here is another (your zillionth?) resource on this topic: a very nice lecture that gives us the Islamic perspective on time management.
I haven’t finished listening to it yet but so far so good.
Time Management by Muhammad Alshareef (Download)
So many things to do….so what should we do?
Here’s an eye-opening article about the best thing to do at any given time:
The Best Thing to do
Abu Sabaya (may Allah hasten his release)
One problem many of us face is that we want to do so much at once, and thus become overwhelmed in our thoughts trying to establish exactly what we should be doing and what our obligations are at a given point in time. This leads us to focus on what we can’t accomplish moreso than what we can accomplish. This can be well and good, and as Ibn al-Jawzi said, a person can be rewarded for his intentions more than for his actions. However, the point of intending is to be productive and extract something physical from that intention.
Part of being productive is to have a methodical approach as to when to focus on what. For example, if your worship and intentions for specific efforts are organized and you properly place your focus where and when it should be, you’ll find yourself accomplishing much more as a Muslim, no matter if you’re a scholar who teaches, a caller to Allah who motivates, or a general worshipper who simply wants to get closer to your Lord.
Without wanting to get into immense detail, I thought it sufficient to present a few words to to illustrate this that Ibn al-Qayyim had written in ‘Madarij as-Salikin’ (1/188):
Remember the Productive Ramadan Website? Well, it’s online! And it’s quite nice indeed. May Allah reward those behind this project.
And they sent out three goodies before their launch.
1) A lecture entitled “Secrets to a Productive Ramadan” – It was simple and short but you know what? I liked it a lot especially the ayah (verse) he kept quoting. It was like listening to the ayah for the first time…
Here’s the audio: Secrets to a Productive Ramadan by Brother Mohammad (Download).
You can listen to it online here. [Sorry, the wordpress audio thingy isn’t working.]
2) A planner called the Ramadan Taskinator. Very nice. (I’m using it).
3) A planner called the Habitator. Also, very nice. (I’m using this too).
I should point out one thing: if you want to be productive, you HAVE to work hard. There are no shortcuts.
Ramadan and Productive used in the same sentence? Usually, it goes like this: “Well, my Ramadan was not productive at all because I [insert excuse here].”
Ramadan CAN be productive. And it is meant to be productive. We’re actually supposed to be doing MORE in this month, not LESS.
So, here’s a website which aims to do just that: http://productiveramadan.com/
It hasn’t launched yet but if you register they send you an interesting* audio.
[*The title sounds interesting. I still have to listen to the audio.]
So, let’s work for a productive Ramadan.