The following is an excerpt from the Productive Muslim newsletter.
Routines are VERY powerful productivity tools to help us get productive things done out of habit; this is because they tap into a concept called Automaticity – a concept that simply means “being in auto-pilot mode” (e.g. brushing your teeth in the morning is part of automaticity, you don’t have to think about it!). If we can get ourselves in “auto-pilot” mode doing productive activities, we can get a lot done each day.
Let’s take your morning routine for example. Imagine if someone’s morning routine is simply to get up, get dressed and go to work. Another person’s morning routine is to get up, eat suhoor, pray fajr, read Quran, do adhkar, and then get dressed and go to work. The second person has built in their morning routine spiritual productive activities that he/she got used to, which the 1st person will find difficult to incorporate because he/she is not used to them.
Morning routines, evening routines, work routines and post-work routines – these are very powerful routines that can determine your productivity for the day. Take a look at your routines today and ask yourself: Is this routine the most optimal routine? Does this routine help me make the most of my Ramadan? If not, how can I improve it?