Interview with Leo Babauta: Founder of Zen Habits



“All I am is a regular guy, a father of six kids, a husband, a writer…but I have accomplished a lot over the last couple of years…”

In this interview with Leo Babauta, bestselling author and founder of top-ranking blog Zen Habits, you will get a glimpse of how he made these pivotal life changes:

  • Quit smoking
  • Lost almost 70 pounds
  • Became debt-free
  • Started eating healthier

Read on while Abu Productive sheds light on Babauta’s recipe for success at making big life changes and tips for overcoming common hurdles such as fear of change, lack of motivation, and loss of focus.

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Productive Parenting Lessons from Surah Luqman – Part 1


Parenting Lessons from Surat Luqman – Part 1 | ProductiveMuslim
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We all want to raise our children to grow up into adults whose center is Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), to love and fear Him, find peace in salah, look for their answers in the Qur’an, try to live their life according to the Sunnah of the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), be patient during trying times and not lie or cheat, and the list goes on. There are so many attributes we want our children to have when they grow up. But what are the most important attributes that we must try our best to inculcate in our children? Continue reading

9 Tips to be a Pro at Work


Success at work as a professional requires continued effort and dedication. If you’re a Muslim who works in a non-Muslim environment, you may find some situations more challenging, especially when your work requirements conflict with your values and religious obligations. Below are 9 quick tips that can set you on the right track to success in the workplace, In sha Allah.

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1. Know Yourself

  • Honestly complete your own SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis vis-à-vis your job and organization.
  • Find strengths to exploit, weaknesses to work on, weaknesses to hide, opportunities to go after and threats to manage.
  • Understand how each of these may impact your career.

For example, if public speaking is your weakness, you can either decide that it is an important skill to have and choose to work on it by taking public speaking classes, or you can find a way to avoid ever having to do public speaking.

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Interview with David Allen: the Guru of Getting Things Done


Interview with David Allen: the Guru of Getting Things Done | ProductiveMuslim
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Do you have a pile of work that needs to be done but you just can’t come around to doing it? And has this got you feeling distracted and overwhelmed?

If yes, then this interview is for you!

Abu Productive brings you gems and tips from the father of modern-day productivity, David Allen. He also explores how Allen’s renowned “Getting Things Done” (GTD) global movement could relate to and practically enhance the productivity of different individuals regardless of their age, profession or position.

In just under 30 minutes, you will learn:

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Lead Like a Boss: by Giving More Than you Take


Lead Like a Boss: by Giving More Than you Take | ProductiveMuslim
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Imagine two security cameras propped up in the corner of two different offices, each recording the goings-on in the office in HD. Assuming that the cameras only record images and not sounds, imagine you now see – in both offices – the CEO of the respective companies walking into the office and handing over a file to one of his employees. In office A, as the CEO leaves, you see the employee in question looking bored, perhaps even annoyed. In office B however, you see the employee looking excited and keenly flipping through the file.

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