Productivity tips for the Muslimah: How to be a more Productive Muslimah
Want to learn how to be a more effective Muslima? These tips will help you improve your productivity, manage your time, and stay focused on your goals.
Firstly, there is a difference between being productive and being effective. Without going into technical boredom, productivity is to get things done while effectiveness is to get the right things done. See the difference?
Effectiveness is waaaayyy cooler than just being productive.
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Okie… Let’s get to the actual tips now, shall we?
Set up an accountability partner.
To become a more productive Muslima and get stuff done, you need to set yourself up for success by creating an accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone who holds you accountable for your actions and helps you achieve your goals. This person should also be someone you trust and respect.
It could be anyone – a friend, a family member or a colleague, as long as it’s someone you’re comfortable with. For me, it’s my sister, Aalia Rahman. We have a lot in common and her way of holding me accountable works for me. Just by having her by my side, I’ve come a long way. You might have to try pairing up with many people before you find your best fit.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to become more productive is not prioritising their tasks. There are always a million things to do and you will never be able to finish everything. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with too much work and end up doing nothing at all. Instead, prioritize what needs to be done first. Once you get your most important things done, you can always add more if you’d like.
Start with the most important task first thing in the morning.
Imagine waking up, having useless fun and leaving your most important tasks to be done when your energy and willpower levels are running low. How productive is your day going to be?
When you get a good night’s rest, your energy and willpower levels get replenished. And you’re at your best when you wake up. If you start your day by tackling the most important task first, you’ll feel more motivated to complete other tasks throughout the rest of the day. This will also allow you to focus on one task at a time without getting distracted by other things.
Take breaks throughout the day.
Taking breaks to nap, think or play is also a productive thing to do. It’s important to take regular breaks throughout the day to recharge and refocus. Taking a break allows your brain to relax and think clearly again. In Japan, taking a nap is considered a sign of diligence. By taking enough breaks and sleeping well, you will get things done faster and in a better way.
Don’t multitask. Focus on one task at a time.
As mothers, the 1379 tabs open in our minds are nothing new. Multitasking is our survival skill and our special talent. But the truth is that when you find yourself constantly switching between tasks, you might not get much done. Instead, focus on one thing at a time. Finish it and then move on to the next task. This will allow you to complete each task faster and with less stress.
Not totally possible, I know. Our children have their own focus-stealing talents as well. And they’re really good at it. But even though its not easy to not multitask, we can still try and ‘singletask’ as much as we can.
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