This is the last segment of our three-part series (How to Plan and Execute an Effective Routine Part 1 and Part 2). Here, let’s look at some tips that will give an additional boost to our daily routine, Insha Allah.
Secrets of an Effective Daily Routine
1. A Strong Head-Start – the Blessings of Fajr
“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Even before this traditional saying was created, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) prescribed our early head start for an increase in sustenance. Our Fajr routine is the concrete backbone on which a productive daily plan stands. Sleep deprivation triggers a chain of nonproductive reactions.
If you are a late sleeper, you’d potentially miss your Fajr prayers, or would be spinning dizzy with sleep through it. Eventually, the sleep deprivation eats up the day’s productivity. You may fall asleep after Fajr, running in late for work at office or at home. To execute a good routine, sleep early after Isha prayers and wake up early, if possible, to offer Tahajjud. This will give you a strong head-start.
2. Avoid Distractions
Time-consuming gossip, hours spent on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and other diversions create time lags in the routine and eventually result in procrastination. As activities remain undone, they pile up and create work overloads. Recognise your distractions and turn them off when you are working. Distracting activities, if halal, can be accommodated as recreation or social activities.
3. Regular Breaks
Give yourself four breaks during the day! These four breaks are your salaah breaks which you can utilise beautifully for physical and mental relaxation. Good wudu refreshes you and then a good body workout and spiritual connection with Allah totally recharges you. Lie down and relax for a few minutes. Watch some TV, have a snack, tea/coffee such as that from commercial coffee machines, be creative, engage in some craft-work, whatever that takes the burden off. These breaks should be about 35-40 minutes long. When you don’t need a big break … don’t waste time.
An effective and productive daily routine ensures personal, social, professional, and spiritual success for an individual, transforming him into an ideal Muslim.
Planning strategies are not restricted to the ones discussed. You can read books by professional experts or seek counselling from productive Muslim brothers and sisters to continuously improve your planning skills. Remember that planning daily routines is different for each individual because each person lives a different life with varying sets of responsibilities and goals.
Plan well to live well, insha Allah!