We recently asked our Productive Muslimah fans what books they recommend for a productive Muslimah. I am always asked: how do I get inspired with ideas? Where do I get energy to come up with something new to contribute? The secret lies in constantly reading books, and lots of them! My ideal home would be in a library where I could be surrounded by knowledge. I can think of nothing better than indulging in a world of books, and quite often, I can be found spending hours browsing through the bookstore or library, flicking my way through the latest books to add to my bookshelf.
Apart from speaking our native tongues, we speak an emotional love language as well. Emotional love languages are the “ways that people speak and understand emotional love” as defined by Gary Chapman in his book The Five Love Languages. This breakthrough concept has redefined how we approach relationships. The difference between men and women has been widely recognized and studied for many years. Chapman takes this difference to another level to prove that the relational gap in any relationship can be bridged by understanding the emotional needs of others.
At ProductiveMuslimah, we believe the ultimate secret to a successful Muslimah is that she strives with sincere intentions and uses all the resources around her to achieve the highest stations in Paradise. We are always looking for the ‘secrets to productivity’ and wanted to explore how some of the Muslim women today manage time effectively and perform the best in all the roles they hold being a mother, wife, daughter, professional, activist and more! So we decided to get some of the ‘Productive Muslimahs’ of our time in the hot seat to find out their top tips and secrets to become a Productive Muslimah!
We are very excited to be joined in this first part of a series of interviews by Sister Na’ima Robert, a best selling international author, mother of five, public speaker, and Chief Editor for SISTERS Magazine for fabulous women, in our ProductiveMuslimah hot seat so we asked her to tell us her secrets on how she manages to stay productive while juggling her family, her work and her writing!
A while back, as I begun my journey as a professional Muslimah, I was searching for something that would help me understand what I really wanted from work life and how to balance my career with the demands of family life. That’s when I came across the Chocolate Centred course by Sr. Saiyyidah Zaidi, and it was like opening a box of chocolate centred goodness in a sweet package!
When my colleague advocated that I have a ‘quick’ read of this 40 page e-book, I smiled and thought “no sweat!”
Personally, I’m a paper book reader so it was a tad tedious getting through the first few e-pages. Bear in mind, I did not know this author, but the name had been mentioned somewhere before, so I did have a slight curiosity to her writings.
I slowly trudged through the Intro as it mentioned early mornings and the most forbidden word in my dictionary: e-x-e-r-c-i-s-e.
Suddenly, halfway through the 4th page my mind did a double take and I sat up to take note! Laura Vanderkam had captured my attention with this: “In a world of constant connectivity, of managing global organizations, the day can quickly get away from you as other people’s priorities invade — sometimes even those of the people you love dearly and share a home with.”