“A measure of the efficiency of a person in converting inputs into useful output/(s).” In short, productivity is about utilizing whatever resources and abilities you have, in the most effective way possible.
Productivity is not about giving your all! It’s about giving your BEST!
It’s not only about development, it’s about self-discovery. It’s not only about change, it’s about awareness of yourself so you’re able to fulfill the purpose of your existence in the best of manners in shaa Allaah.
As students of Islamic psychology and Arabic language (after studying Qur’an extensively), this journal is a result of our studies and experiences. And most of all, a result of our longing…We made this journal because WE needed it on OUR lives. After losing loved ones, life can automatically take its toll on you and this was our way to get back up and prepare for aakhirah more than ever. We hope that your longing is fulfilled through this journal as well. And we really hope that you emerge as a more productive and better Muslim after using it in shaa Allaah.
This is why we will go on a 7 month productivity journey with you in shaa Allah (starting from October 2017) – simply because we want to stick to it and all of you can hold us accountable as we’ll be doing most of the parts publicly with YOU!
So, if you want to embark on this journey with us, you can get the journal from the estore and print it (one by one as we go along or all at once) OR you can wait till the print version is out. You can also use your own diary if you are not ready to buy the journal! The result should be productive no matter how it’s achieved.
Each month, we will pick 4 exercises from the list below. Hence each week, we will go through 1 section from each category.
1 from spiritual development
1 from personal development
1 from strengthening relationships
1 from goals & dreams
To explain how will it all work, read the following to get a better idea in shaa Allaah.
Please remember us – AYEsha & samINA (AYEINA) in your prayers if you benefit from it. May Allah put immense Barakah in this journey for you and make it a sadaqah jaariyah for all of us! Aameen.
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How to Use This Journal:
1) There is no right or wrong way to use it as there’s no specific way to express yourself. You do YOU!
2) Each category (spiritual development, personal development, strengthening relationships, goals & dreams) contains 7 watercolor illustrations along with several exercises to help you achieve your said goal with full conviction! These exercises often take a form of a chart, list or prompts & they don’t need to be completed in any order.
3) There’s space for your short term and long term goals at the end of each category. Fill them up with whatever you think has not been covered in the exercises & then track your progress in the given notes section. When you’re done with one whole category, rate yourself in terms of productivity. Were you able to make the best use of it?
4) You can take out the pages and stick them around your home to motivate yourself to keep going until you cross the finish line. […the reminder benefits the believers (51:55)]
5) Adapt and make the exercises relevant for YOU! Write, erase, write again! Cry, laugh, get angry, start again! Skip pages or do them more than once!
6) Fill it in a month or a year – whenever you’re ready for some soul-searching…Add sticky notes or entire pages. Do it alone or with someone special. Assign them to fill a few pages for you if you feel stuck. Or help them find their own voice through it (you can even help children in the process of self discovery & development as long as they can write).
7) You can email us for a free printable template if you’d like to repeat some exercises. Subscribe to ayeina.com for extended printables if you want to further explore this journey.
It’s time to peel back the layers and connect to your heart, body, mind and soul. In shaa Allaah
This category is all about nourishment of the SOUL
It’s the first category of this journal because you can’t be fully productive as a Muslim if your roots don’t belong to Allah. If you keep growing branches around a root that’s not strong enough on its own, the growth of the branches will eventually make the whole tree fall! As a tree, you have 5 roots which keep you standing!
This section contains exercises like understanding attributes of Allah through memorization of His 99 names and studying Qur’an (word of Allah) cover to cover.
This section contains one month charts to track your prayers and masnoon morning/evening adhkaar (remembrance of Allah).
Fasting plan is to encourage you to have a personal commitment with yourself on how you can fast beyond Ramadan and complete your missed fasts (if any).
Obligatory alms are yearly but the charity chart helps you embody the idea of giving every day, every week or every month (however much you are able to do).
Hajj budget plan is to help you step closer to a reality of embarking on a journey of a lifetime through practical steps towards your dream!
Let’s submit & grow these roots deeper into the soil because this tree has been created with a purpose. Let’s not waste this precious gift from Our Creator.
This category is all about nourishment of the BODY
It covers the aspects of your body that are crucial to your productivity – starting from the energy inside of you to the vibes around you!
1) Self Love
This sections contains positive affirmations to build a sense of self worth and respect which leads to self confidence that’s productive and not narcissistic.
2) Self Care
This is all about taking care of your body & mind. From daily/weekly/monthly self care goals for a quieter mind & calmer you to lifestyle goals for a healthy body inside out.
3) Self Awareness
Have you ever shed a tear without knowing what’s wrong? Or felt constantly frustrated without any reason? Usually, we are so out of tune with our emotions that we are unable to point out what is it that’s making us feel the way we feel! Hence awareness of yourself is crucial. This is why this section includes exercises like determining your strengths and weakness, good and bad habits etc.
4) Self Management
The next step of self evaluation is dealing with whatever you’ve found out about yourself in a way that makes you grow. Be it managing stress by tracking your mood or attaining clarity and focus through decluttering the space around and within, to make room for more reflection and productive work.
Let’s beat your own record & become better than you were yesterday! Let’s compare yourself with none but YOU!
This category is all about nourishment of the HEART
Allah has brought you into this world where His other creations live and the relationship you have with them can highly affect your level of productivity. Just like everything in life, you won’t have perfection in terms of bonds and ties either. Which is why this section helps you make the most of them!
1) Relationship with Role Models from the Past
Our deen revolves around the teachings of our final Messenger of Allah (Muhammad ﷺ). Hence love for him (after Allah) = love for Islam. Which is why this sections hosts a Sunnah Habit Tracker because love doesn’t merely reside in the heart, it outshines when it’s strong enough! So get to know your role model better and choose his sunnahs that you can make a constant part of your life in shaa Allah.
2) Relationship with Family and Relatives
This section contains exercises to enhance your blood ties. Make your family a priority with effective time management and expressing love verbally and physically while maintaining ties with family of your family!
3) Relationship with Friends and Strangers
This section hosts exercises like social life tracker (to encourage you to befriend and connect to like minded people while subtracting the toxic people from your life (online or offline)), dawah plan (to spread the khair even among the strangers), giving and forgiving (to help you even turn enemies into friends).
Let’s hope to stand beneath Allah’s shade on the day of resurrection by loving others for His sake alone!
Goals & Dreams
This category is all about nourishment of the MIND
It’s about having the drive to achieve & progressing towards your dreams to turn them into a reality through:
1) Vision (relying upon Allah)
This section revolves around discovering your dream and having a growth mindset; from dispelling self limiting behaviour and self doubts to shifting your perspective on failure and hardships…& most importantly, relying upon Allah.
2) Action (tying your camel)
This sections revolves around practical steps you can take to turn your vision into a reality in shaa Allaah. First of all, asking Allah for guidance and making dua with full conviction – even if it takes long, even if it seems impossible, pray for BIG goals! You don’t have to settle for less with Allah.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “when you ask Allah, ask Him for Al-Firdaus*.” [Tirmidhi]
*(In Paradise, there are a 100 levels, what is between every two levels is like what is between the heavens and the earth. Al-Firdaus is ts highest level, and from it the 4 rivers of Paradise are made to flow forth)
Secondly, gaining knowledge and learning skills required to achieve your goals and dreams. Take small measurable steps slowly but steadily to make your dreams believable and achievable. Each step matters. Achieve better productivity and joy at your own pace. Be the turtle that wins the race.
So let’s decide!
One day or day one?
Jazakumullah khairan katheera for all those who supported this journal. As a small token of gratitude, we have opened up our affiliate program where you can get 10% of each sale through your unique affiliate link. Though your reward with Allah is bigger than whatever we can offer! in shaa Allaah. Looking forward to the productivity journey with you. Your feedback is valuable to us. If you think this book can be improved in any way, we welcome your suggestions wholeheartedly. Leave comments below to let us know.
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It is also available as a digital printable (for personal use)
01 Feb 2018 - Productivity & Positivity