The One Thing You Want to Achieve This Ramadan

The One Thing You Want to Achieve This Ramadan

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Zaynab Chinoy April 25 Ramadan & Productivity 38 Comments GET ARTICLES BY EMAIL


Every month, we host a ProductiveMuslim reader discussion where you can share ideas and tips to help each other become more productive. Last month, readers shared many interesting ideas on achieving your goals against all odds. 

The theme for this month’s discussion is the one thing you want to achieve this Ramadan, inshaAllah.

Allah blesses us with the special season of Ramadan every year: it is unlike any other season because it lasts for just one month and the entire world experiences it at the same time. Just like summer, winter, spring and autumn bring with them their different beautiful colors and harvests; this season comes to rejuvenate the entire world spiritually and ends with a global harvest of positive personal change.

Ramadan is a season of change because just like in other seasons, there are actual physical alterations that take place during this month: the gates of heaven are open, the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained. [Bukhari] The spiritual environment of the entire planet is altered to foster and yield immense spiritual and personal growth!

The rule though, is that at the end of this season, we will only reap what we have sown and taken care of during its thirty days. How many seasons of Ramadan have come and gone in your life, and what have you reaped at their end?

This year’s Ramadan is just over a month away and you’ve got to choose your seeds (goals) now and plan how you’ll be nurturing them throughout Ramadan, inshaAllah. Begin today by asking yourself: what is the one thing I want to achieve this Ramadan, inshaAllah?

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ProductiveRamadan To-Do List!


We all know that the beautiful month of Ramadan is essentially about generosity, nobility, developing oneself and being more compassionate towards others. In addition to internalizing those meanings, we need to act upon them as well.

Accordingly, we at ProductiveMuslim developed a to-do list that you can use this Ramadan. The purpose is to help you organize yourselves and your time in Ramadan.

The to-do list has regular daily acts, as well as, a recommended special act to explore every day.

You can check the task that you have fulfilled every day and highlight the ones you still want to explore. This might help some of us avoid having wasted time in Ramadan or not knowing what to do with the extra time.

Please feel free to share and/or develop the list as per your needs and circumstances. Also please remember that Ramadan is not about being overwhelmed. Rather it’s about ease and mercy, and as Prophet Muhammad taught us, “the act most pleasing to Allah is that which is done continuously, even if it is small.”
[Sahih Muslim]

>> Click here to download your ProductiveRamadan To-Do List 
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The ProductiveRamadan Ultimate Taskinator

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Ultimate Ramadan Taskinator

Download Utimate Ramadan Taskinator

Many of you are already familiar with the Productive Muslim Daily Taskinator – the one sheet hack for a much more fulfilling life, insha Allah. Now, Alhamdulillah, we’d like to introduce the Ultimate Ramadan Taskinator, where you can apply the same concept as the Daily Taskinator, but with a bird’s eye view of the whole month in one glance.

How to use Ultimate Ramadan Taskinator?

Using Ultimate Ramadan Taskinator is simple. Every night, think about the 3 to 5 most important tasks that you want to accomplish the next day, with regard to the following four areas of productivity: physical, spiritual and social. Then book times for these tasks by writing them down in the appropriate time block of the day. Once you’ve placed the most important tasks in place, you can fill out the rest of your schedule for the day.

As with the Daily Taskinator, you should ideally try to schedule the most demanding and challenging tasks for the early part of the day, in keeping with what we know about the following dua of the Prophet :

O Allah, bless my Ummah in its early hours.”  (click here to tweet)

Go ahead and download the free Ultimate Ramadan Taskinator now and enjoy a far more productive Ramadan, insha Allah. Don’t forget to share  your experience with us.
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[Reader Discussion] How Ready Are You for Ramadan?

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Zaynab Chinoy May 25 Ramadan & Productivity 22 Comments GET ARTICLES BY EMAIL


Just 23 days away. Yes, you read that right: Ramadan is just 23 or 24 days away (or lesser depending on when you’re reading this). Ready?

If your sleep routine, salah, food intake, time management and socializing habits are still all in the dumps, it’s time to get off your chair/bed/phone and be a real Muslim!

Yes, you’ve heard it and read it all: Ramadan is a month of boundless mercy, blessings and reward, there’s so much to be gained and so little time and so many distractions and so much to do but this year Ramadan is going to be in the scorching summer and you have chores and school and work and kids and you just don’t know where to start and so you rather just go back to your chair/bed/phone.

From the last week, my Facebook feed has uncannily started showing me news of sudden deaths of young, energetic friends of friends. Young men and women who really, actually did not get to witness another Ramadan in their lives. Whose last and final Ramadan was the previous Ramadan – and now they are in a place of no return and no second chances. May Allah have mercy on them and all our deceased.

Is it just me or do you hear of more deaths too as Ramadan approaches and even more during Ramadan itself? Is this a kind of sign from Allah that we too are getting closer to meeting Him with each passing day?

Our chances to prepare for our meeting with Allah keep falling like sand in an hour-glass.

The only thing that really matters at this very moment in your life, no matter who you are and what you do, is what and how well you’ve prepared for it.

What if this is your last and final Ramadan? And what if this was your last chance to prepare for your last Ramadan?

With that in mind, dear readers: let’s approach this year’s Ramadan with renewed intentions, clear goals and solid plans. It is never too late to get started!

Here’s some of the great content coming up on ProductiveMuslim to help you prepare for and
make the very best of this Ramadan inshaAllah:

  • tips to improve and keep your marital love alive in Ramadan
  • a comprehensive daily Ramadan dua plan
  • how to get your kids excited about and love Ramadan (with great DIY crafts and activities!)
  • changing the ‘iftar party’ trend to spend your precious Ramadan time gaining reward
  • how to eliminate distractions before Ramadan
  • how to approach and benefit from the Qur’an this Ramadan
  • interviews with Nouman Ali Khan and Maryam Amirebrahimi on how they plan to spend their Ramadan inshaAllah
  • 30-day Ramadan fitness plan with meals, workouts and recipes

How is your Ramadan prep looking today? Do comment below and share ideas with others about:

  • the tools (planners/worksheets/apps/lists) you’re using to get ready for Ramadan
  • the changes you’ve started to make to your sleep routine, diet, work routine and socialization
  • how you’re working to minimize your distractions like social media, TV, pending tasks, etc.
  • the deeds and acts of worship you can do now and are doing to recharge your iman for Ramadan

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