As all good things must come to an end, the last day of Ramadan is approaching very soon. Thus, we should make full use of the days we have left to repent and strengthen our faith while bringing ourselves closer to Allah SWT.
Surely, many of us have welcomed this month with the intention of turning over a new leaf or improving ourselves positively. However, if you have not had the chance to do so, you can start preparing now! Whether you want to learn a new dua, read more pages in the Quran, memorise a surah or be a more forgiving person, here are a few tips to get started on your Ramadan planner:
Make a list and be reasonable with it. Make sure the list does not overwhelm you. Setting too many goals will only serve to make you feel stressed during ramadhan and disappointed at the end of it when you do not manage to complete all your tasks. At the end of the day, you know yourself best so be sure to plan your goals in accordance with how much you can handle.
As for Muslims who live in non-Islamic countries, be sure to carefully plan out your time in a way that you can balance out work with your religious pursuits.
A list is a great start but the next step to note is time management. How are you going to manage your time with everything else that must be done?
Easy, just set achievable targets and take note of when you want to achieve them respectively. Also, make regular updates about what you have accomplished.
That feeling of accomplishment you get upon completing a task should serve as a motivating factor for you to continue with the task you set for yourself.
The world is full of distractions which range from social media to popular television shows and the latest movie releases. Even birthdays and other celebrations can sometimes be a distraction.
But since Ramadan is about to come to an end, why not go on a social media cleanse or give up watching the television for a while. This way, you are making an attempt to stop yourself from seeing things which are innappropriate, or people who are dressed immodestly during this holy month. By respecting the month, Allah will surely recognise your efforts and reward you.
Perhaps if you haven't seen that Avengers: Endgame movie yet, save it for Eid! You have all the other months in the Islamic calendar to watch it, so don't waste your Ramadan away. Instead, spend time focusing on yourself and your sprirituality. And do your best to abstain from those worldly things that are truly not beneficial to becoming closer to Allah SWT.
For example, if you have set a goal to memorise one of the Surahs from the Quran, then prepare the video or audio clips you require to aid you in your memorisation beforehand. And if you are planning to visit the mosque every weekday, be sure to have a few modest outfits and shawls put aside so you don't end up struggling to find them on the days you need them.
A little pre-planning will most definitely go a long way in helping you make the most of your Ramadan planner.
By telling your friends and family about what your ramadhan goals are, you will experience an adrenaline rush that will make you feel pressured to complete the tasks which you have told them you intend to do. Indeed, this is a good tactic to ensure you always stay focused and on track with your planner.
Furthermore, your peers will know not to disturb you during the times you’ve set aside to achieve your goals. Instead, they will act as your cheering squad and motivate you to keep going whenever you feel like giving up.
Perhaps some of your goals are too ambitious but you do not realise it. This is when speaking to a professional will come in handy. They will serve to point out any mistakes or flaws in your planner.
Remember you are not alone. There are many people who will be more than willing to help you to work towards your Ramadan goals - all you have to do is seek them out.
All the planning and preparation will only come to fruition if you get going.
Be sure to follow through with everything that you have planned, the best you can. Know that it is okay if you do not manage to complete one or two things you set out for yourself due to circumstances. As long as you put your best foot forward, you should be proud of yourself nonetheless.
So don't procrastinate - start now!
Wishing you all a very peaceful Ramadan!
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