5 Habits of Highly Productive Muslims
First, what is a ‘habit’? It’s a settled or regular tendency or practice, esp. one that is hard to give up.’ (Google dictionary)
And, what is ‘productivity’? It’s ‘the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services’. (Dictionary.com)
In other words, which habits helps a Muslim be productive in this life.
1. A Morning Person gets more done!
He knows that he can get more work done in a day than the whole week of working in the evenings/ nights.
“Allah made the early hours blessed for my Ummah.”(Hadith, Ahmed)
Allah (swt) made our body to stay alert during the day and sleep during the night.
"It is He (Allah) who has appointed the night a covering for you and sleep for a rest. The day He has appointed for rising."(Furqan: 47)
2. A Regular & Punctual person builds up momentum!
She knows that in order to make best use of her time on a permanent basis she will have to do certain things regularly, and this requires her to be punctual.
When our bodies get used to doing things at a certain time and place then it will become easier and easier to do them, e.g. fasting and recitation.
“The deeds which Allah loves the most are those done regularly, even if they are small.”(Hadith Bukhari)
3. A Proactive person makes use of all available time!
He is never satisfied with doing the minimum. He will learn what he does not know, try what he hasn’t tried before and succeed where he has never succeeded.
He is always thinking of what else he could do with his time, and how he could do them with the help of people around him.
"Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death."(Hadith, Ahmed)
4. A Helpful & Cheerful person is full of life!
‘Every act of goodness is charity’(Hadith, Muslim). So, she likes being helpful and cheerful towards everyone, and not just to her family members. And this makes her lively.
"Acts of kindness protect one from ruin wrought by evil. Sadaqah (charity) given secretly appeases the anger of the Lord, and a gift to strengthen the ties of relationship (blood relatives) increases one's life span. All good deeds are sadaqah, and those who do acts of kindness in this world are also the same people in the other world. Those who do misdeeds in this world are the same people in the other world. The first of those who shall enter Paradise are the people who do acts of kindness."(Hadith, Tabarani)
5. A Focused person never goes astray!
He knows what he wants and how to get there. When he starts something good he always sees it through. He isn’t easily de-motivated, distracted or derailed by things that happen around him.
“Work for the affairs of the world as if you were going to live forever but work for the Hereafter as though you will die tomorrow.” (Hadith, Mishkat)
Compiled by/ Author/ Source: Abid Choudhury (Seed.org.uk)