“It’s Ramadan! I’m fasting, I don’t want to do anything else. I need a lot of rest !”
This usually emerges in most minds when it come to fasting. Ramadan is that time of the year when we start making excuses as to why we can’t be most productive during fasting. Of course, in the upcoming month, we are still going to be an employee who works, or students who need to attend classes. But does fasting means that we are going to have a lesser performance at whatever we do?
The answer is to the contrary.
This is because Allah has instilled Baraqah in this month, which should make our work more successful than we expect it to be. Even the prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions went to war during Ramadan. So why should this fasting month be a reason to be any less productive?
However, it is understandable that it is tough to sustain our productivity during Ramadhan. Therefore, here are some tips to help you have a fruitful Ramadan.
- Don’t skip your suhoor! The food we eat has such a big impact on the way our bodies feel. Pick foods that are nutritious and that give you energy for the day. Have a bowl of oatmeal, rather than a bowl of sugary cereal, for suhoor, along with plentiful fruits, and a glass of milk.
- Take a power nap in the day, either before or after zuhoor. For those of us who work or have to go to school, the day can seem so long, especially when we’re not eating. It’s important to retain our energy. However, it should be just a short nap, don’t sleep all the day!
- Make a to-do-list. A proper plan for the day is always good as it will encourage you to finish your daily task. Make sure to put the important things to be done early in the day.
- Force yourself to grab all the Ramadan rewards! It’s not just to be productive in the worldly aspect, but to make more efforts in our ibadah. This is a month of barakah, which happens once a year, and there’s no guarantee that we’ll have another Ramadan. Grab this opportunity, push yourself to the limit to read the Quran, to perform the congregational prayers, taraweeh, and to give charity.
Stay productive in Ramadan, guys!