As a personal development trainer and consultant, I frequently encounter people seeking solutions for increasing personal productivity to achieve more in a day. Increased productivity hugely boosts the sense of worthwhile accomplishments at the end of the day, a feeling everyone wishes to experience.
In Islam, improved productivity is generally referred to as Barakah, something akin to a lost treasure these days. Everyone seeks it, but no one knows where to find it. People are continually complaining that there is no Barakah in time, money, business, society and so on. Here I would like to share five tips that have greatly improved my productivity and increased Barakah in my life.
- Wake up early and arrive early.
There is a Hadeeth of Prophet Muhammad (sa): “Allah (swt) has made the early hours blessed for my Ummah.” (Ahmad)
I find this a most profound Hadeeth on the subject of increasing productivity. Waking up early is a critical first step towards achieving the blessings of Allah (swt) and remaining energized throughout the day.
I suggest waking up 30-45 minutes before Fajr, offering Tahajjud prayers and using that time for getting a head start on the day. If this is too difficult, then at least wake up for Fajr and stay up. These early hours of the day are filled with Barakah, as stated by Allah (swt). I also recommend going to work early, because you can get so much more done in those early hours, as compared to the rest of the day.
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