Some workers like to listen to anything when they find themselves losing focus. They may also plug in their ear phones to escape a work environment that’s too noisy — or too quiet — or to make a repetitive job feel more lively.
Read this research note to find out whether and when listening to sounds while working would help you be more productive. Don’t miss the infographic!
“What have I gotten myself into?” If you are a homeschooling parent and find yourself pondering this question… a bit more often than not… here are 6 splendid ideas on how to help make homeschooling your kids more productive this year, In sha Allah.
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1. Establish Respectful Discipline Methods
Determine how to handle misbehavior and incomplete class work and homework assignments. Many teachers eagerly confide that often the greatest difficulty with teaching is managing behavior rather than teaching the material itself.
Knowing effective ways of managing your child’s misbehavior can help simplify the teaching process significantly. If you can get your child to cease talking, sit in his seat and follow along with your instructions, you will have accomplished a major part of your teaching job. There are many ways to respectfully encourage your child to comply with your directives. Continue reading
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Until recently, I was not somebody who made friends easily. Growing up in a non-Muslim country, I always longed to have Muslim friends. This desire only increased over the years and I remember that the du’a I repeated over and over again in the Ramadan of last year was for Allah (glorified and exalted be He) to send Muslim friends my way.
Now, one year later, I am happy to say that not only has my du’a been heard, but it has been answered in the most unexpected way. Never in my life have I had so many friends, Muslim and non-Muslim, who genuinely care about me and never has it been that easy for me to connect with people. The secret is to build “productive relationships” as I would like to call them. Continue reading
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Life often gets very busy for many young Muslims as they try to balance deen with studies, work, community projects and other commitments. But being ‘busy’ does not always translate into productivity.
Have you ever heard the story of the people of the cave?
In the narration [Qur'an: Chapter 18, Verses 9-26], some young men were described as having their hearts filled with faith and belief in their Lord Almighty. Hence, they sought refuge in a cave away from their disbelieving folks and loved ones, so as to protect themselves against disbelief.
They simply did not keep the faith in their hearts, but took action as well. This motivated them to remain steadfast. This shows the practical way Muslims can balance belief with their actions.
As a young Muslim, life should be more than just about praying, fasting and engaging in other spiritual acts of worship. From daily thoughts to speech and ultimately action or inaction, your character and activities should always be guided by inner faith. Continue reading