SUMMARY OF AUDIO PRESENTATION:
“I struggle with having time to focus on my Islamic growth, well-being and goals…” How often does this sound like you…as much as you want to, the reality is we juggle so many roles and responsbilities, that even having time to step back and evaluate our life and time management is not easy.
This audio time management mini-workshop and blog addresses this common dilemma, to help you get past your obstacles by sharing with you – firstly the Islamic and Prophetic perspective about time (the foundation of our time issues start here!), the most effective time management principles & practices that we need to reflect on, internalise and start acting on, including how to audit how you are spending your time (before Allah swt audits you and shows you in the next life, how you spent the priceless gift of time He swt gave us). Inshallah you gain tons of insights, ideas and strategies to start transforming your life!
1. BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
This begins with awareness of this life being temporary – and the next, eternal life being permanent. This is our frame of reference by which we examine everything in our life and recognising accountability to Our Creator – for how we used the gifts in our life – especially our time.
Key Foundational Question: How well did I strive to live and act with sincere intentions, according to Quranic & Prophetic teachings, principles and values?
Our goal is to live our life in this world in connection with the next life (as a whole) and strive for goals that align and grant us success in both worlds. So what you want in the eternal life becomes the driver of what you work towards becoming and doing every day in this life.
2. TIME MANAGEMENT OF THE PROPHET (PBUH)
The Illustrious Prophet (pbuh) was always balanced in his life – spiritually, physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. He was the most disciplined and productive man that lived & a master of skilful time management. There was no time slot in his life not occupied without useful or beneficial activities.
On the day of Judgement, we will be questioned about how we spent our life and time (Hadith). Hence our goal is appreciation of the value of time & making the best use of every minute!
Lack of self-discipline in time management leads to procrastination. If we don’t constantly monitor our minutes – a lot of time can be wasted in useless activities.
Warning against Procrastination: The Prophet (pbuh) repeatedly warned about losing time to do good. It requires exercising our self discipline muscles to overcome procrastination. Internalised goals makes you disciplined in your use of time.
3. TIME MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES
Time Management Is Life Management!
Time is our most valuable asset (1440 minutes each day) Once its gone, you can never get it back. It’s the key to success in all areas of your life. Time management is really life management, management of yourself, your goals, life purpose, actions and circumstances.
Essence of time management – discipline yourself to set clear goals and priorities, and then to stick to those priorities.
Effective time management (in any life role) means putting first things first:
- You need to decide what “first things” are (your goals)
- Then you need to put them first, day-by-day, week by week…
- Time Management is discipline, carrying it out.
The key essence is to stay organized – taking action based on your purpose, priorities and goals.
- Prioritise – to ensure you spend the appropriate amount of time for each area.
- Stay Organised – This is critical to avoid wasting valuable time.
- Find organisational methods that works best for you, e.g. using planner software, a diary etc.
- A plan – is an organised schedule that outlines your goals – to hold you accountable for your own goals and facilitate self-discipline.
LEVELS & TOOLS OF TIME MANAGEMENT
- The most basic level is to create notes and checklists.
- Next is using calendars and diaries – looking ahead, scheduling future activities.
- The final includes the above – plus:
- Focusing on your goal plans/tasks needed to achieve your goals
- Scheduling your goal tasks – just as you would for any commitments, in your calendar, choose times that work best for you.
AUDIT HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME!
- Are you satisfied with the way you use, value, spend your time?
- What is wasting your time? Why?
- What do you need to change?
By Aisha Meguid
Life Coach, NLP & Learning & Development Specialist