Every time Ramadan comes & goes we tend to reflect on the month – did we do enough ibadah? Did weask for enough forgiveness? Did we read enough Quran? Did we forget to invite somebody to iftar?
We think about how fast the days went (especially the last ten) & long for the holy month once the festivities
of Eid are over.
For those people who already organise their days with planners or apps so that they get the most out of their time, their Ramadan days are usually adjusted for suhoor, iftar invites, extra ibadah & late night prayer.
Some people even take the whole month off work which can make it easier, however working mother’s whether they work from home or outside the home may find that being more organised & productive can help them enjoy this month so much more.
Here are a few tips & ideas for an organised & productive Ramadan day:
- Eat healthy – as I tend to say “productivity thrives amongst healthy energy” & when you’re fasting
you particularly need to make good food choices that give you proper nutrition & energy. Ensure
you keep up the hydration during eating times & limit foods that have flavour but no benefit.
- Sleep well – many Muslims mention how little sleep they get in Ramadan because they stay up later
than normal reading Quran or making night prayers & then waking up early for suhoor, however
sleep is important for productivity & you may need to consider having a day nap if your nights are
- Prioritise tasks – start your day knowing exactly what your most important tasks are & dedicate a
specific time for them. Mornings are a blessed time to get things done & probably the most
energised time of the day for a fasting person.
- Make realistic plans – where possible plan your days in a way that encourages you to stay focussed
& on top of all that you have to do by knowing when you’ll do work tasks, house chores or spend
time with family. It can be as simple as a daily to-do list or following a daily planner as long as it
works for you.
- Be consistent – doing the same tasks in the same order every day is not always boring if it helps you
get things done & rather consistency is an important way of maintaining a successful routine &
introducing healthy or new productivity habits.
- Avoid procrastination – if something needs to get done & you have the time & energy to do it, try
not to procrastinate as it’ll only get you behind on other tasks & hamper your productivity.
- Meal plan – try to plan your suhoor & iftar meals ahead of time so that you have food choices
already decided & so there’s no last minute stops to the grocery store, especially if you’re working
- Start donation boxes – whilst Ramadan may not be the ideal time to declutter your home, have a
donation box ready to add items to as you go about your day as this can mean less stuff to clean
around & less tidying up & visual clutter. Plus someone in need may have a better use for what you
no longer want.
- Put things back – there’s nothing more frustrating than having to look for things especially when
you’re in a rush so try to give everything you have a home & always put things back & tell your
household members to do the same.
- Be nice to yourself – when we make all our plans & they still don’t happen because of things out of
our control it can definitely be frustrating, however don’t prolong the upset & understand that
some things are not in our hands & that you can always try again tomorrow in’sha’Allah.
So there you have it, some tips & ideas that can help you enjoy your Ramadan days a lot more especially if you’re a busy, working mother because they’re more organised & productive.
Please let me know what you think & any other tips you have to share as I’d love to hear & learn about them.
Fatima is a coffee-drinking, planner-making, stationery-loving mother of 3 from Australia who helps sisters get their chaos under control by creating an organised lifestyle, where you’ll find her writing over at By Fatima.