We started this 7 month Pre-Ramadan Productivity Course in the start of October (And if you will be reading this afterwards, this is the third month of #preRamadanProductivityCourse – as a detailed guide on the PRODUCTIVITY JOURNAL FOR MUSLIMS – although you can choose any topic in any month or week, this is simply how we did it and we hope that it helps make things more clear and doable for you in shaa Allah).
Since we pick out 1 section from each category in the journal each month (we will do this till April 2018 in shaa Allah): 1 from Spiritual Development, 1 from Personal Development, 1 from Strengthening Relationships & 1 from Goals and Dreams
In January 2018, We picked Qur’an Log (to help us track our understanding (tafsir) of the Qur’an in shaa Allah), Self Exploration (discovering our strengths and weaknesses as an extension of our previous challenge ‘self awareness’), Life Priorities (learning what and who is our priority and how can we manage the distractions that keep taking us away from the priorities in our lives) and Perspective Shift (taking failures as a stepping stone in life while leaving regrets behind bi’idhnillah).
The reason we are doing it all publicly with YOU is because we are struggling as much as you are in this life and this will help us stay accountable if we lose the motivation somewhere in the middle! Also, we want to enter Ramadan as a better Muslim and experience the blessed month on a whole new level in shaa Allah.
We did a detailed post on each section in this month and in shaa Allah will be doing so for the next few months as well – collaborating with different bloggers and entrepreneurs who are experts/researchers of those topics! Here are some of the examples of people from different parts of the world doing the challenge with us ❤
1) Quran Log
Challenge 1 of #PreRamadanProductivityCourse was “Qur’an Log (Tafsir Tracker)” in *Spiritual Development*. For those who have the productivity journal, this Qur’an Log is on page 15 as a part of Tawheed (understanding the words of Allah – the One and Only).
We created a list on the blog – of free resources to study Qur’an so you can choose a lesson plan for yourself – on how you can study tajweed, tafsir and word to word translation etc. Even if you do ONE verse a day, in Shaa Allah you will see a HUGE difference after a month. It may take you months or years (may even take a decade) – it doesn’t matter. Take baby steps but at least take them! Whether you take baby steps or leaps, progress is important. It doesn’t matter how slow or fast you go. What matters is that you start and then stay consistent and motivated!
Challenge 2 from *Personal Development* was “Self Exploration” in #preRamadanProductivityCourse. Do you know what your strengths and weaknesses are? If no, it’s time to dig a little deeper. If yes, it’s time to ask yourself: How can I utilize my strengths in a positive manner and how can I use my strengths to overcome the weaknesses in me?
We all have strengths and weaknesses. Being reminded of our weaknesses is unpleasant so we avoid them most of the times which makes our weaknesses more prominent over time. So the first step is acceptance! When you fill this part of the journal, draw some arrows from the list of strengths to the list of weaknesses where you think you could potentially apply a strength to a weakness and help the strength. Whatever you think might be applicable
For eg: let’s say one of your weakness is having no confidence to speak publicly (And everyone doesn’t need to have that quality) but your strength is one on one conversation. If you aren’t good at talking to large crowds, talk to small groups or communicate one-on-one instead — and learn to be REALLY good at that. Learn effective small-group communication and one-on-one skills. And the better you get at the quality you already have, the better chances you have of conquering your weakness iA ❤
This doesn’t mean you won’t have any sort of weakness anymore. We’re all flawed human beings and will never be perfect but we have the efforts in our hands that are rewarded even if we are unable to achieve the perfect results we expect from ourselves
So which strength of yours can YOU use to overcome a weakness in you?
Challenge 3 from *Strengthening Relationships* was “Life Priorities” in #preRamadanProductivityCourse – prioritizing our lives – prioritizing the people who matter the most in our lives! The relationships that Allah will ask us about on the day of judgement because we are all shepherds who’ll be questioned about our flocks.
(finding out WHO are the people that matter most in our lives and how can we put them on the priority list). Sounds kinda silly right? Because duh, you know who are the people you love and they are already on your priority list, of course! There’s nothing to write down! UNTIL you start to fill the section in the journal: *List of distractions that take my time away from them? *Steps I can take to balance my time better?
When you get to the end of your life, you won’t wish you spent more time online or working. You’ll wish you’d had more time with the people you love. You’ll wish you spent more time cultivating strong, meaningful relationships and making memories that live on after you’re gone…
People who have stronger social relationships experience a 50 percent increase in survival rates. Not only that, studies find that, with respect to impacting longevity/survival, the quality of a person’s social networks was more important than exercising regularly or losing weight (if the person was significantly overweight). Social relationships are as critical as other health-impacting risk factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition. That’s a big deal and not something that’s widely on people’s radar. Strengthening the quality of your relationships, is way more appealing and in many ways EASIER than making major lifestyle changes. Not that you should forego making other key changes to improve your health, but spending more time with loved ones IS a key health-impacting behavior. It IS a key lifestyle change.
It also boosts your mood and helps to prevent burnout. You laugh together, connect, cry together, do life together. It is profoundly human, and it is so good for us. So good for us, in fact, that it makes us physically healthier! ❤ Start saying no to the low-value items in your life that crave for your attention and Make room for what, and who, matters most!
P.S. Everything else contains things only. Things that could be tangible or intangible. But for us, Allah comes before anyONE else.
(goals & dreams)
Challenge 4 from *Goals and Dreams* category was “Perspective Shift” in #preRamadanProductivityCourse – which highlighted how to be move forward from all the regrets and worries through a change in mindset. So this challenge is all about changing your mindset to move forward – with columns to fill:
1) Regrets from the past I want to let go of…
2) Worries of the future I don’t want to carry…
3) Steps I can take to move forward…
It’s surprising how we are carrying so many regrets and worries on our shoulders without even knowing! The burden that keeps weighing us down unintentionally – the failures we stay immersed in unconsciously…Ask yourself, HOW can I change that perspective and mindset? Because some answers…only your soul knows the best! 💖
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