This is Part 1 of UmmahHub’s series on Being Your Own Boss that reveals the 10 keys to help you become a successful entrepreneur and be the best you can be in business and in life, In sha Allah.
To be an entrepreneur and be involved in business consists of exerting significant effort and hard work, which is highly encouraged in Islam; as the Prophet said:
“No doubt, it is better for a person to take a rope and proceed in the morning to the mountains and cut the wood and then sell it, and eat from this income and give alms from it than to ask others for something.” [Bukhari] Continue reading →
The theme for this month’s discussion is how to make the most of your commuting time.
We’ve all got somewhere to go to everyday: work, school, shopping, doctor’s appointments, functions, meetings, the gym, etc. We spend an average of at least one hour everyday just commuting back and forth to one or two of these places. For those of us who have to spend longer hours on the road, commuting becomes a daily burden: the traffic jams, ticket queues, packed compartments during rush hour and the mad rush to get the bus/train/plane (referring to frequent flyers here ;)) takes a toll on our mental and physical health every single day; and we don’t even realize it. Add to that the staggering number of hours of our life that get wasted just moving from one place to another: if we even spent just one hour commuting everyday, that’s 365 hours a year – which is 15 full days of our life every year just spent on the move!
So what can we do to fight the daily stress of commuting while we’re in it? How can we use this time productively to get other things done?
Share with us what you do that everybody else can too when they commute to:
Do you ever wind up at a website and then, looking left and right in confusion, ask yourself, “What am I doing here?” Yes, your brain has crashed. Thank you, electronic media.
On and on it goes: Whatsapp ding-ding-ding! I messaged you on LinkedIn, did you see it? You have 6 new messages, 12 new likes, 8 new emails, 3 shares, 12 hearts — and that was since you last checked 2 minutes ago!
A while back, we posted out an article called ‘5 Wardrobe Hacks of Productive Muslimah‘ and we got a hugely positive response. It seems that us sisters can allow our wardrobes to get the better of us and it can impact on our productivity too. In light of this, I wanted to share with you all another few secrets from my closet but this time related to the all essentials in a handbag that most sisters carry around.
One of the common issues I have found with sisters – whether they are students, mothers or professionals – is that they can often not find the most important thing whilst rummaging through their handbag. At important times (during a meeting or when you are travelling), it is time-saving to have everything well organised in your handbag, to be able to access things quickly and easily whilst carrying less unnecessary baggage – this will ultimately make us better organised and more productive.
Do you remember Ramadan? The high imaan, the sweetness in prayer, the love for reading Qur’an – nearly four months later, it is just as important to try and keep the imaan high, although this can be hard, especially when we are caught up in work.
For many of us as Muslimahs out in the working world or even at home, it can be a challenge to sustain our spirituality post-Ramadhan. Many sisters I know complain of the need to reform their spiritual habits and I count being in in good companionship as one of the vital ways to continually boost your spiritual development.