We all know that the beautiful month of Ramadan is essentially about generosity, nobility, developing oneself and being more compassionate towards others. In addition to internalizing those meanings, we need to act upon them as well.
Accordingly, we at ProductiveMuslim developed a to-do list that you can use this Ramadan. The purpose is to help you organize yourselves and your time in Ramadan.
By now you’ve seen the Productive Ramadan Taskinator and, hopefully, jotted down your schedule for the month. Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty view of each day. This is where the Productive Ramadan Daily Planner comes in.
How to use Productive Ramadan Daily Planner ?
Using this worksheet, your salah gets top priority on your schedule. In keeping with the aim of a Productive Muslim, we try to earn barakah in our activities by praying at the allotted times and not being engaged in anything else when it’s time for salah. Alongside the schedule, this worksheet also contains brief and useful reminders to help you while planning.
We recommend working on the Productive Ramadan Daily Planner during the previous night, so that you wake up with your schedule in place. All you have to do is follow the list in sequence and feel an empowering sense of accomplishment as you tick items off!
Download the Productive Ramadan Daily Planner now, use it, and let us know how it benefits you this Ramadan, insha’Allah.
The Productive Muslim 2012 survey  affirms the well-known fact that parents face an uphill battle in striving to maintain their spiritual, physical and social productivity activities on any given day. When it comes to Ramadan, mothers especially, tend to panic about how they are going to reap the benefits of this blessed month while attending to their myriad regular responsibilities. Therefore we decided to make one of our special resources for moms this Ramadan. Introducing – the Productive Ramadan Worksheet for Busy Moms.
How to use The Busy Mom’s Worksheet ?
We believe that a little extra planning can go a long way towards a leading a fulfilling day insha Allah.
Productive Muslimahs plan their days around their salah and not the other way around. With this worksheet, all you have to do is spend a few minutes every night to think about the next day’s activities and schedule them around salah times.
So the highest priority goes to the prayer and, as you complete each prayer, you’ll know exactly what to do next and how long you have to accomplish it. You don’t have to worry about everything that you need to get done because each to-do has already been scheduled and you can relax knowing that there is a time for it. Just focus on the next task at hand!
At the end of the day, you might want to journal your thoughts about how much you achieved in terms of physical, spiritual and social productivity activities, where you think you could have improved, etc. So we’ve also included a page with this worksheet to do just that! By the end of Ramadan, you’ll be able to see a beautiful self-development journey unfold, insha Allah!
Many of you are already familiar with the Productive Muslim Daily Taskinator - the one sheet hack for a much more fulfilling life, insha Allah. Now, Alhamdulillah, we’d like to introduce the Ultimate Ramadan Taskinator, where you can apply the same concept as the Daily Taskinator, but with a bird’s eye view of the whole month in one glance.
How to use Ultimate Ramadan Taskinator?
Using Ultimate Ramadan Taskinator is simple. Every night, think about the 3 to 5 most important tasks that you want to accomplish the next day, with regard to the following four areas of productivity: physical, spiritual and social. Then book times for these tasks by writing them down in the appropriate time block of the day. Once you’ve placed the most important tasks in place, you can fill out the rest of your schedule for the day.
As with the Daily Taskinator, you should ideally try to schedule the most demanding and challenging tasks for the early part of the day, in keeping with what we know about the following dua of the Prophet :
Planning your goals of life can be a daunting task since normally you’re not sure where to start and whether those goals are feasible or not. Introducing the Ultimate ProductiveMuslim Goal Planner – a one page worksheet that would help you take a good crack at setting achievable goals for yourself bi’ithnillah
The Ultimate ProductiveMuslim Goal Planner worksheet has 2 main aims:
To ensure that you have reasonable balanced goals in every aspect of your life
To connect your goals to your akhira
How to use The Ultimate ProductiveMuslim Goal Planner ?
It’s quite simple – for each of the 6 areas in the first column, think about what your 6-month goals are. E.g. For the Islam area, it might be praying 5 times a day on time every day, or early in its time, or adding Sunnah/Nafl prayers (depending on what stage you are at). For the Personal one, it might be to go to the gym 3 times a week, etc. Don’t put more than 3 goals at this stage for each area of your life otherwise it’ll be too much to handle.
Once you’ve completed the above for the 6-month goals, repeat the same exercise but for 1 year. The best way to do this is to ask yourself: “In 1 year, where do I want to be in this area of my life?” And from that question you can derive your 1 year goal. Some examples include: I want to complete my professional qualification within a year, for example.
Repeat the above for 5 years, 10 years, and 20 years…probably by this time, you’re getting a headache because you’re not used to thinking this far ahead in the future. But that’s ok, do all this with ‘insha’Allah’ in mind as death may reach us sooner – but thinking so long-term and into the future helps develop a direction for yourself, puts things into perspective, and might even change your short term goal(s). So try and imagine what you would like to achieve in 20 years for that particular area of your life. For example, for the family area, you might want to be a loving and ‘fun’ dad who has an excellent relationship with his children.
Let’s stick with the example of being a loving and ‘fun’ dad, if you’ve set that as your 20 year goal, then this would affect your other goals such as your work goal (you’d choose jobs that don’t require a lot of travel for example) or your community goal (you’d choose to get involved in community projects that you and your children can work together on), etc.
Now comes the ultimate test; if you’ve set your 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, and 20 years goal and you found that they are now all aligned and you’re happy with it…Test those goals against the “Akhira” column.
What impact will achieving that goal have on you in the Akhira? Trust me, this is probably the traumatic stage as it might turn your goals upside down. For example if someone is passionate about banking & investment and set themselves a 20-year goal to be CEO of the biggest Riba-based bank in the world. Once you’ve tested it against the Akhira column and realize that you will lose and ruin your akhira, your eternal life, with such a goal, you’ll end up completely changing your goals and perhaps even change careers (Islamic banking, perhaps?).
So, this is the ProductiveMuslim Goal Planner. It’s a pragmatic, pen and paper tool to help you think about your goals, prioritize your goals and more importantly assess whether such goals will ultimately be a source or reward and happiness, or loss and regret in the Akhira.
Let me know how you use it below or if you have any questions! You can also share your experience of using the worksheet on this shared document .We look forward to hearing your responses.