How To Stay Productive All Day

In today’s article, I’m going to share some amazing tips with you that I have picked up in my journey to stop our biggest enemy; procrastination. It’s not easy to win, but if you strive and battle it out, you’ll eventually come out a victor. In simple words; you’ll get more work done by organizing your thoughts and schedule.

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We’re all distracted by one thing or the other. Be it family, friends, pets, or just laziness. However, since the world has become fast-paced, with more and more people pushing us unto deadlines, we might lose our focus quickly and abruptly and end up doing a lot less work than we had intended to achieve.

Nowadays, we’re all so attached to social media platforms that we forget our main work. A true businessman/woman avoids procrastination at all costs and focuses more on how they can achieve their goal. With these simple tips, you too can walk on their path and become a productive person.

So without further ado, let’s get right into it!

Eat Breakfast!

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Eating a good and hearty breakfast which consists of protein, vitamins, and calcium will boost your mind and make you active. It will help you work more because if you begin work before eating anything, your brain will go like, ‘where is my food?’, ‘Let’s work later and sleep for a little bit…’ 

We don’t want that, do we? Therefore, eating breakfast will energize you, wake you up fully, and boost your brainpower so that you can easily complete your tasks! They don’t just say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s crucial for your body to get its nutrients as soon as you wake up and not starve it. 

Create A To-Do List!

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A To-Do list can help you sort out and organize your thoughts and tasks. It will help you become less anxious and you can schedule your plans around the tasks you have at hand. By making a To-Do list, you can know what to do and when or if you have any appointments or urgent meetings that you have to attend to. 

You can make a To-Do list before going to bed or while eating your breakfast and sipping your hot cup of joe. 

Pro tip: It’s always good to carry a small notebook and pen around with you so that you can jot down your ideas, thoughts, and reminders on it. I usually prefer using books rather than the phone because a phone’s battery can easily run out but a paper’s battery never runs out! 😉 (sorry, that was a bad joke!)

Learn To Prioritize Your Work

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In the entire day, you’re sure to have many distractions such as your sister calling you to watch Netflix with her, or your friends calling you to hang out with them, or even your pet wagging its tail to pet it or play ball with it. But, what you need to do is place your palm in front of them all and shake your head. 

That’s because you have more important work to do than binge-watch on your favorite shows (also did you know that Sugar Rush Season 3 has come out?! I’m already on the fourth episode haha) You need to prioritize your work and get more done in a short period of time, but if you keep on distracting yourself–even if it’s for a short period of time–you will lose your productivity.

So, it’s better to say NO than to regret the unchecked tasks at the end of the day.

Take Short Breaks

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I use the 60-10 method where I work for 60 minutes and then take a 10-minute break. It’s a useful method that will surely help you finish your tasks at hand in no time. In your 10 minute break, you can either talk to your friends or family members, you can do breathing exercises, listen to podcasts or you can just watch a funny clip on YouTube or something just to get your mind distracted for that small stretch of time. 

Once you get back to work, you’ll be surprised at how fast you can work! If you’re a beginner, you can start from 30 minutes and then prolong the minutes as you go on and study more. 

This way, you won’t be stressed and you’ll always have a lot more breaks. 

Jot Down Your Notes And Ideas

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The internet has a plethora of easy to use and free tools that can help you achieve productivity in no time. Tools such as Evernote, Google Drive, One Drive, Trello, and Slack can help you organize your thoughts and notes in no time.

Avoid Checking Your Mail 

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When you’re at work, avoid opening your mails or even scrolling through them. This will break the barrier you have created for your productivity and may result in exhaustion, stress, and laziness.

Avoid Multi-Tasking

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This is one of the most and vital points you need to keep in mind. Multi-tasking will exhaust you quickly as if you’ve just run on a treadmill and you have no water to hydrate yourself! It will stress you out, make you anxious, and may even slow your brain from functioning well.

Therefore, if you avoid multi-tasking and do each task one by one by giving it your entire attention, then you’ll most likely get the job done instead of keeping it at the ‘In Process’ stage. 

So these were some of the tips and you can either use all of them or use any one of them; nevertheless, your productivity is guaranteed! 

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How To Simplify Your Life?

How do we live a simple life? That’s what we all must ask ourselves. You need to take a step back and learn to simplify your life because, without it, you’ll always be tired of yourself and the things you loved to do. By simplifying your life, you can enjoy even the tiniest things and be in control of your life.

Life can be hard and exhausting sometimes. It’s never easy for anyone but we strive to make the best of our day. However, we’re always looking for things that make us happy. Things that make our life more enjoyable.

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Sure, you have work; a lot of it at that, but that doesn’t mean you will give up the things that make you happy. That you will just work your butt off, earn, and feed your family, and then repeat the cycle as if you’re a robot.

No, we’re not robots which is why we must also work hard on keeping ourselves happy and sane. God created us not only to work but also to enjoy the pleasures of life which he has bestowed upon us and to be close to our relatives as well.

If you want to be happy, stress-free, and always be surrounded by tranquility and choices you can easily make, then continue to read on because today, I’m going to share with you some amazing tips that can help you simplify your life for the better.

11 Ways To Simplify Your Life!

 

  • Set Monthly Goals

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    When you set monthly goals, you get this motivation that yes, you have to fulfill/complete what you started. This way you can break your bad habits, change your lifestyle, and even complete goals you had a hard time finishing.

  • Reduce The Time You Watch T.V

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    Television can and is a big distractor. It can pull you away from your goals, make you lazy, make you forget things, and even make you crazy! (no offense to all those binge-watchers!) There’s no harm in watching one episode a day, but five-six episodes mean using 5-6 hours of your day….just down the drain!

    That’s not how we should live life. You can do SO MUCH in those precious 5-6 years instead of watching television or Netflix. Yes, I know that you have your excuses such as ‘I can’t stop watching because it’s freaking interesting!’ and ‘I wanted to know what happens in the next episode!’ but you need to put a limit to your inquisitiveness and start doing something that will help you be proud of yourself and your life.

  • Declutter Your Closet

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    We all have so man clothes but nothing to wear, right? (lol, I know you get me) but yeah, it’s time we get into our closet and pull out all the clothes we don’t need and give them in charity (to someone who actually needs) Trust me, you will feel good and your closet will look neat and tidy too! It’s two birds with one stone, girl!

  • Follow A Morning Routine

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    Sometimes, when you wake up, you might get a little confused as to what to first; should you check your emails? eat and then work out? or workout and then eat? Or wait…should you drink coffee first? All of these things may make you hazy and crazy and you might end up sleeping your morning off! And now that it’s lockdown season and we’re all always in our homes, this could be a big problem. However, if you make and follow a specific morning routine that works according to your needs; then you can get up every morning knowing what to do and when. This way you won’t feel as if there’s too much work to do and you can do it step by step.

  • Pay Off Your Debt

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    Being a middle-class family, I know how debt can jeopardize your family. I am saying this through my personal experience and believe me when I say that paying off debts is one way to have a simple life. You don’t want the people you are indebted to, calling you every single day, or the bank to come to your house to ask for money. It’s a harsh and cruel world out there and being in debt is gonna make it worse.

  • Stop Being Negative

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    Negativity can ruin your life. Yes, I’m going to say it once again; it’s going to ruin your life and by the time you’re at the bed of the ocean, you will be filled with regret and guilt knowing that all this time, if only you could have thought positively then maybe things could have been changed for the better. Think negativity as your enemy, as your bully, and you need to fight this bully so that you can control your own life instead of letting someone or something tell you what to do. Also, you’re just wasting your time thinking negative thoughts when you could have opened up your laptop and started your own blog!

  • Use Less Social Media

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    Ladies, Gentlemen, and pretty non-binary people out there, we have another enemy among us and that is Social Media. Yes, we waste our time on social media and also hope to get things done! That doesn’t work at all! If you want to get somewhere in your life, then you have to put down that damn phone, close your Instagram (by the way, follow me! it’s @writernxtdoor), and start working on who you want to be! Instead, what you can do is learn new courses such as Blogging, How to become a voice-over artist, and more through Fiverr Learn! 

  • Make A List Of Priorities

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    This way, you can have an organized mind and clarity of what really matters most in your life. It can be either taking a course on Udemy or starting a Fiverr account where you can sell your creative services to others who are in need of it.

  • Woah, There…Slow Down

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    Take a deep breath and don’t try to think of anything for a while. Just close your eyes and maybe think of cute sea turtles, kittens or baby hamsters! Chill bro, your work isn’t going to go anywhere and neither is your laptop. Now, once you have taken a few minutes off of your screen, you can now eat a fruit or a piece of chocolate and get back to work. Your mind will feel refreshed and you will become more productive.

  • Avoid Multi-Tasking

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    Multitasking can make you feel anxious and hyper. It’s like, you need to complete whatever tasks you have in hand even though you could have done it one by one and finished it quicker. Avoid multitasking and try to keep only one-two tabs open on your laptop. It’s good to work one project at a time instead of being all over the computer screen as if you’re playing the piano!

  • Write To-Do List

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    The best way to stay organized and have a clear mind in the morning is to make your to-do list right before you go to sleep. This way, you can know what to prioritize and what to keep aside.

I hope this simple guide on how to simplify your life has helped you (don’t know about you, but it has helped me a lot!) and if you ever feel as if you’re too tired and just want to lie down; do that, please, because you need to take care of your body and your mind too.

Times can be stressful but with a bit of organizing and maybe a couple of deep breaths, you can definitely make it work!

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How To Fix A Sedentary Lifestyle

*Disclaimer – The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice.* 

A sedentary lifestyle means having little to no body movements. It means not being active or productive enough. Due to this lockdown and to people now being at home more than ever because of COVID-19, people have become more inactive and lazier; which is not a bad thing but not a good thing either.

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Are you one of those people? Are you having a hard time getting up from the couch just to go to the bathroom or make yourself some dinner? Are you on your electronic device the entire day and only get up to brush your teeth and sleep?

Well, if you are, then it’s time you fix your lifestyle because this type of lifestyle is unhealthy for you and for your body. As honest as I can be, you’re ruining your body and your body isn’t happy either. You might be gaining weight, getting red eyes or dark circles, you might even have been getting pimples or headaches. 

Research also confirmed several health risks that are associated with a sedentary lifestyle such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, early death, and cardiovascular disease. It also impacts mental health disorders, loss of appetite, and depression.

Today, I’m going to share with you several tips that can help you get back on track and have a healthy lifestyle which will not only make you feel good about yourself but will make and keep you productive throughout the day.

Physical Activity 

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Any sort of physical activity such as running, cycling, swimming, or even brisk walking can reduce the above-mentioned health risks. It’s reported that those people who exercised had lower health and mental health problems than those who did not. So you better start buying those gym clothes now because you’re going to need it! 

*It’s best to combine cardio with weight and strength training which will help you in weight-loss and to build lean muscles.

Avoid Being Sedentary 

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Some steps you can do to avoid being sedentary is by: 

  • walking to the desired destination if it’s just a few blocks away.
  • by standing on public transport
  • talking leisure walks
  • doing house-chores
  • Gardening
  • Keeping your phone charger away from where you usually sit.
  • Playing outdoor games with friends such as basketball, tennis, or even cycling.
  • Taking the stairs
  • Stretching a little between breaks while you’re working

Doing these little things can go a long way for you to have a healthy lifestyle. Because nowadays life has become easier due to various technologies, we mustn’t get tempted by it and try to be as active as possible.

A sedentary lifestyle isn’t a healthy lifestyle. 

Keep that in mind and with that, I wish you all the best!
Stay safe and stay active.

Source: Medical News Today

 

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How To Wind Down On Sunday Night For A Great Start To The Week?

Your week has been busy. You cracked your neck and knuckles and you worked your butt off; be it as a 9-5 worker or a freelancer. You worked and your worked and now, your body is sour as if you have worked out for hours and your mind is fried; which as a result led you to apply the jam first instead of peanut butter (I don’t know how many of you encountered that situation but if you did, then girl, you seriously need to wind down)

What you need is a bit of a break and that can only happen once a week. So why not make that one day count? Why not make it special and all about YOU so that you can get your brain working again for the next week? Yes, you have work, I understand. We all do but trust me, doing these things which I’m going to list down will improve your productivity, make you less lazy, make you more focused, and maybe even make you a better cook! Just kidding, us writers are one of the best chefs you can find out there and all we read are recipe books, watched anime, or binge-watched on Zumbo’s just desserts!

Anyway, back to the point. Our brain needs to rest too and we should take care of it just as we take care of our pets. Our brain is our pet and I might sound crazy to you but believe me, you’ll be thanking me at the end of the post because this article will change your Sundays into fun and stress-free days!

Go To Sleep Early:

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This way, you can feel more energetic throughout the day and get more work done. 

Cut Out Caffeine:

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Believe it or not, caffeinated drinks are our biggest enemy. Sure, it keeps our brain active but it also messes with our sleep pattern, preventing us from getting the 6-7 hours sleep which we desperately need for our minds to clog smoothly.

Set Up An Alarm:

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Even if you’re not an alarm person, it’s better to set up a time and wake up at the first one or two rings instead of hitting snooze. It will also be a good habit for you in the future.

Enjoy A Meal:

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With you being busy during the entire week, you’ll feel good to make a meal and enjoy it with your family. You can try making new dishes or help your family in the kitchen or maybe even go out to a restaurant and just forget about your work for a while.

Workout:

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Working out is proven to make you feel less stressed so take out at least 15-20 minutes of your time to get your stiff body stretching and sweating!

Relax:

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You can take a warm bath, go for a spa, or get your nails done. You can even just put on some music and dance your stress off in your bedroom (if you’re too shy) or enjoy a movie time alone, with your significant other or with your family! Sundays are supposed to be all about you so even if you think you have work, just remember that this day won’t come again.

You can even light up scented candles and read a book for a while with a cup of your favorite tea or coffee. You will feel really good and since you’re distracting your mind from working and being all lazy, you can get more work done starting next week.

Set Up Your Weekly Plan:

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Take some time out to write down whatever you need to do during the entire week so that you won’t get stressed when a new week starts. This way you can also get more things done and check out all the stuff that you thought you didn’t have time for! Make sure to note down your errands, social events, appointments, and activities.

Doing the abovementioned things can help you start your week with a boost and positivity. You can be ready to jump at work without any worries and you will also be able to more productive and prevent yourself from procrastination.

You know there is one other thing you can do on Sundays and that is to head to my Etsy shop, PoetNextDoor, and buy a digital poetry print that you can hang in any part of your house! 

So what are the things that you like to do on Sundays to start the week off right? Let me know in the comments! 

Next: 5 Tips On How You Can Change Your Life!

How To Wind Down On Sunday Night For A Great Start To The Week?

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5 Tips On How You Can Change Your Life!

1. Wake up early:

Waking up early gives you a chance to be productive while everyone else is asleep. It gives your mind the boost of creativity it needs, it gives you more time to plan out things and waking up early means that you’re serious about your work/business/job/career. It’s not an easy task to wake up early but those who do, they always climb the ladder of success.

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Related: My 7 Favorite Ways to Recharge My Energy Levels

2. Look Good:

Yes, this may sound strange but taking your time to look good will help raise your self-confidence, motivate you, and will trigger your mind into thinking that today is an important day; a day you shouldn’t miss out on.

Dreams don't work unless you do - John C. Maxwell
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3. Make time for yourself:

I believe this is the most important aspect of our lives as we get so busy with our daily life/work that we forget to make time for ourselves. Selfcare is truly important if we want to reach our goals and fulfill our dreams. We must take at least 10 minutes every day to journal, to smile, to do something that makes us happy and you will soon see a change in your life because you’re not just working your butt off but you’re rewarding yourself for it as well.

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Related: 7 Activities To Do With Kids Amidst Lockdown

4. Make time for workouts:

I am a fitness freak and if I don’t work out even for a day, my body literally breaks down and I feel stressed, bloated, and unhealthy. As a result, I am unable to work properly and I tend to get a lot of writer’s block (apparently, I always have to resort to caffeine for that which is very unhealthy) So, get your body moving; be it for a walk, jog, or just going for grocery shopping. Do not be lazy because a moving body gives you a productive mind. Working out is beneficial for your body and not only will it make you look better but feel better too.

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5. Identify Your Goals:

This is another crucial step you must take every single day. Knowing your goals and dreams is significant if you want to see successful results. You need to plan your day, week, month, and year accordingly, you need to adjust your lives and you also need to tend to your daily needs without making others frown. How are you going to do that? by planning and by having a strong and positive mindset. You can’t just break down because you chose this path and you must reach your destination. How long will you stay in a hotel or Airbnb? Not long right? Think of your life that way and pursue your goals. Recall why you’re doing what you’re doing and trust me, you will be in charge of your mind, not the opposite.

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I hope you will use these 5 tips daily in your life and won’t give up because giving up means you’re losing the opportunity to make a name for yourself, to stand out from the crowd, and to make people realize that they can’t just look down upon you. So what’s it gonna be? wake up early and work? or sleep and watch your dreams fade away?

It’s your choice.

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7 Activities To Do With Kids Amidst Lockdown

If you’re a parent and you’re tired of playing hide and seek, board games or tea parties with your child, then fret not, because you’ve come at the right place. Today, I’m going to share with you some activities which you can do with your kids and all the more enjoy the time together.

It’s going to be fun, crafty and your kids will love you for it! I know, parenting is hard and it takes a lot to make a child happy but trust me on this, these activities will keep them busy and in a way, it’s a good way to develop their brains and the friendship and love between you, the parent and the child.

Cardboard House

You and your kid can team up and make a cardboard house with delivery boxes! You can paint it, decorate it and shape it however you want. You can even leave the imagination to your child and see how his/her dream house would be like.

Cardboard castle
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Glow Stick Balloons!

For this amazing and fun activity that will bring giggles and smiles to your child’s face, all you need are mini glow sticks and a pack of balloons. Just put the glow sticks inside the balloon and blow them as big as you can. Then switch off the lights and enjoy a disco night!

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Straw Necklaces

Just grab a bunch of straws, some string and, scissors (make sure not to give the scissors to your little ones) and create a straw necklace that will make your kid look fashionable (maybe?) but joyful as ever! It will also keep them busy so this is the right time to head to the kitchen to prepare your meals or do the laundry.

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Messy Art Project

Who doesn’t love paints, right? For this activity, just grab a bunch of white papers and several boxes of paints to create a fun but absolutely messy art project that mostly involves bare hands and maybe even legs!

*Spoiler Alert!* It will make your floor messy so make sure to put a large newspaper or an unused/old sheet on the floor before beginning the activity.

Messy Art Project
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Living Room Fort

You and your kids can gather colorful blanket and make a fort of your own! You can decorate it however you want, play board games and even read them storybooks.

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Popsicle Stick Crafts

I used to do this activity so much when I was a kid. It’s fun, playful and your kids would love it, trust me! All you need is a bag of popsicle sticks, paper, and glue. You can create so many shapes and scenes with it. The ideas are limitless!

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Vegetable Stamping

This activity here is another of my favorite since all you need is some paints, paper, and vegetables that are cut in various shapes and sizes! Just dip the veggies in the paint and stamp it on the paper. However, make sure that your kid doesn’t take the veggie in his mouth!

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I hope you liked this article and will try some of these activities with your kids as well! In a way, this lockdown has given us a chance to spend some quality time with our family so let’s utilize every second of it and make it memorable.

Peace neighbors,

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10 Tips To Make The Most Out Of This Ramadan – 2020

As-salamu-alaykum my dear brothers and sisters. I hope you all are having a wonderful Ramadan.
Yes, some of us may be away from our family but don’t worry, Allah will soon bring us all together In Sha Allah. All we have to do is be patient and make lots and lots of Dua.
During this lockdown and self-isolation, we must stay calm, stay safe, and since we’re all in our homes, we must do as much ibadah (worship) as we can so that we can get most of the rewards which we didn’t get from our previous years.

The kabaah in makkah
The Kaabah in Makkah. May Allah give us all a chance to see His house.

 

Related: A Beautiful Hadith for a Saddened Mother.

Allah the Almighty has given us this chance to worship him even more, to make dua for the things we don’t have, or are in desperate need of and to pray for our Akhirah.
He has given us this chance to turn back to Him, to love Him, to have a deep and touching conversation with Him, and to know that He is the Most Merciful and the Oft-Forgiving.
Laa Ilaaha Illa Huwa meaning none has the right to be worshipped but He.
So brothers and sisters, let’s make this Ramadan the best Ramadan of our lives. You never know when you will die or when you will get ill and be unable to fast so make every day count.

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Break your fast with fresh dates and water. It’s Sunnah!

Tips For Making The Most Of This Ramadan:

 

1) Read More Quran
2) Be patient. Do not get angry on little things and always have a smile on your face.
3) Sleep less and pray more.

Related: Yawning and Sneezing (Hadith)

4) Help your mother or any other family member in preparing for Iftaar.
5) Make lots of Duas. Make dua for yourself, your parents, and the ummah. Seek forgiveness of Allah repeatedly and never lose hope of Allah’s Mercy.
6) Give in charity.
7) Pray Tahajjud (Night prayer)

Night prayer
You can even hold the Quran while praying so that you can read longer Surahs and attain more Khushu in your Salah
8) Make dua before breaking the fast. Allah will never reject that dua.
9) Always be sincere in your intention. Remember, we’re fasting for Allah only and none else. We are not fasting to show off or to diet. We are fasting because Allah the Almighty has commanded us to.
10) Always be happy, keep a smile on your face, and thank Allah to give you a chance to live in this blessed month because there are so many people out there who haven’t gotten the chance to fast, give charity or ask for repentance.

Related: Those who will be Punished (Hadith)

May Allah make this Ramadan easy for you and us. May He reward us for all our good deeds, forgive us for our bad deeds and may He prevent us from the burning fire and admit us into Jannah. May Allah accept all our fasts and may He cure the ones who are ill and are suffering from illnesses, diseases, and Corona Virus.
Ameen.
Jazakallah Khairun, my dear brothers and sisters, and Ramadan Mubarak.
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5 Things to do every morning

What do you do every morning? Do you do yoga or listen to music, start writing your novel/blog article or do you just start reading a book? Many of us do so many different things to start our day happily.

But sometimes, we tend to miss out on the important things, like greeting your family members or writing your goals for today in your journal or diary. These are the little things that helps us make our day even more productivity and content.

Today, I am going to list a 5 things that you should do every morning.

  1. Greet your parents/siblings/relatives (if they’re not awake, that’s okay)
  2. Write your goals/lists in your journal.
  3. Thank God for giving your another day to live and repent.
  4. Be affirmative and always think positively.
  5. Do yoga and eat a healthy breakfast (Do not skip breakfast because it’s the most important meal of the day!)

These five, easy things will make your day even better, trust me on this! I myself do these things and I’ve already made it a habit and so should you. Most of you all must already do these things but to those who don’t, I think you should start doing these things because it’s the small things that go a long way.

With that, I hope you have a great morning or night or wherever you are! Implement these five things and let me know how you feel once you’ve done it all or even started with just one thing!

Until then,

Peace neighbors,

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Tips for Ramadan | 2019

Before I begin talking, I just want to let you guys know that I’m so happy to be able to post on my blog again! A month ago, I attempted something, but it backfired, and my poor blog had to bear the consequences. However, with the help of WordPress support team, I was able to get my blog back and finally post again! I can’t thank them enough. They really helped me so much. I wish I could treat them to a cake or something haha. You guys missed me, didn’t you? I missed you guys too!

Anyway, now that I’m back in business, I’m gonna rock this platform again just like I used to! I kind of lack monetizing my blog… (just waiting for the money…) but once I have the cash in hand, I will kickstart my blog and I promise you that I will write even more interesting and amazing content. I want to share as much of my thoughts, knowledge and emotions with you as much as I can. I hope you guys will stay with me till the end and give me all your love and support because I need it badly.

Okay, so Ramadan has started and just like last year and the year before that, I posted ‘Ramadan Tips’. This year too, I decided to give you all a few beneficial tips that will help you make your Ramadan better and more rewarding and in control. Though this year might be tough for some people since the days are long and the nights are short. There’s a lot of time for Iftaar but only a couple of hours for Sehri. For those newbies who have just promised to fast this Ramadan, I hope the tips I give you will benefit you and I hope I get my reward from my Lord for helping you. Even if one of you read this, I’ll get my reward. So thank you for reading this and if you share this post, then you’ll certainly get your reward too! Isn’t that amazing? Why don’t you start your Ramadan by sharing this post with your friends and family? I know it’s not much, but it’s a start, isn’t it?

The first and foremost thing you must do is thank Allah, the Most High for giving you this month to repent and to change yourselves for the better. He kept you alive, He provided you but most of all, He gave you deen. He guided you to the right path and He promised you a place that will never perish (Paradise). Secondly, make your intention crystal clear and don’t go back on your word. Don’t let your inner desires stray you away from the right path or from the remembrance of Allah (Subhana-wa-Ta’ala). Once you’ve decided to change yourself, then you can’t and mustn’t turn back. Fight with yourself, know that you’re completely control of your decisions and put your trust in the Most Merciful. Make du’a to Allah to keep you, your family and the believers guided aright and make du’a to Allah to keep you firm in your faith.

Now that you’ve done those two things, it’s time to implement acts that will please our Lord, The Most Loving. Do you know what types of worship Allah loves? Not sure? Let me tell you:

  • Allah loves those who repent.
  • Allah loves those who read Quran, understand it and teach it.
  • Allah loves those who give in Charity.
  • Allah loves those who fast for his sake only.
  • Allah loves those who ask Him for help (even if it’s a pair of new jeans)
  • Allah loves those with good manners and behaviors.

Did you see? Allah loves the little things which we so deliberately forget. But, this Ramadan, let’s carry out these things and please our Lord. Let’s earn those rewards so that we won’t have any regrets on the Day of Resurrection when we see the scale of our deeds. Don’t we all want our good deeds to be heavy and our bad deeds to be as light as a feather?

For some of you who are well used to fasting, I’m pretty sure you will not read this post but for those who are looking for some tips that will ease their mind and shun the negative thoughts, then you’re in the right place! Here are a few tips that will help you, your family and your friends this Ramadan.

  • Have a Healthy Sehri
    Sehri will be your breakfast, which means you must start your fast by eating a full and nutritious meal. Don’t forget to have your glass of milk, coffee or protein shake and eat a lot of eggs as they tend to keep you full and feeling energetic for a longer period.
  • Get Enough Sleep –
    Ramadan is a time where we put out beloved technologies aside and turn to our Lord. We pray and read Quran all night and that kind of change will take some time for our body to adjust. Also, the best part about this Ramadan is that it’s vacation time! This is also the best time to teach your kids about Islam and gradually get them to start fasting as well. Be sure to get your 6-7 hours of sleep after Fajr and wake up feeling refreshed and ever ready to prepare for your Iftaar.
  • Make Lots of Du’a –
    Ramadan isn’t just about fasting. It’s about hoping and trusting in Allah’s plan, it’s about praying for the right things, rewriting your destiny because Allah never ignores the prayers of a fasting person. This is your chance to ask for anything and everything (but it should be Halal, okay?) This is your time to pray and pray and pray for things you never knew you needed. You can also make a list of du’as so that you can pray smoothly without having to overthink or forget what you wanted to pray for.
  • Read Quran –Quran was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) on this month which is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. That’s why we are obliged to read the Quran as much as possible during this month. Quran is the Speech of Allah and it brings us closer to Him and makes us more beloved to Him so what more could you ask for? If you wish to complete the Quran this month, I suggest that you read 4 pages after every Salat.
    • Fajr – 4
    • Zuhur – 4
    • Asr – 4
    • Maghrib – 4
    • Isha – 4
    • And if you’re awake in the night, then you can read 2 or 4 extra pages. (Though it really depends on the type of Quran you’re reading. If it’s a Quran with a big font, you might have to read a few extra pages to reach your goal).
      This way, you can complete reading the entire Quran within 30 days.
  • But, do not force yourself and do not stress your mind because no matter if you complete reading the Quran or couldn’t before Ramadan ends, either way, Allah Azzawajal will reward you and will be pleased with you. It’s not obligatory to finish the Quran but to read it continually, to understand it, to act upon it and to preach it to others.
  •  Watch Islamic Videos and Listen to Lectures –
    This is a great way and time to attain more beneficial knowledge. There are so many amazing scholars out there that will help you understand the Quran and deen easily. Youtube is filled with such respectful             scholars so instead of talking or playing games, watching such impactful videos will revive your soul and mind.
  • Iftaar isn’t a party –
    Many of us start cooking feasts as the time for Iftaar draws near. However, that is not right. Sure, you can look forward to Iftaar but gobbling up dozens of cutlets in one go isn’t healthy. Try to eat healthy food in small portions and limit the intake of sweets and juices directly. Eat slowly and mindfully and eat only until you feel that you’re full. Do not eat just because there’s a lot of food on the table and you gotta finish it before the prayer starts. Make sure to eat 2-3 dates as it’s a Sunnah to break the fast with dates. I love the feeling of eating dates after a long and peaceful day.It makes me really happy and It’s a feeling only the true believers will experience.


Do you know the du’a to after breaking the fast?

Dha’habaz-Zam-Ahu-Wa-batal-Lati-Ooruqu-Wa-Saa-Batal-Ajooru-In-Sha-Allah

  • Read Taraweeh/Tahajjud –
    You can either pray Taraweeh or pray Tahajjud if you want to stay up all night and Glorify the Praises of Your Lord and Talk to Him. But I suggest that you pray Taraweeh and then when the last ten days of Lailatul Qadr nights arrive, you can then pray Tahajjud. It’s up to you, whatever you find easy. Before you begin praying Taraweeh, eat a fruit or drink milk so that you won’t have to worry about your stomach growling in the middle of your prayer. You can also eat a dried fruits and nuts as they are high in protein and will keep your mind active.
  • Give Charity –The more charity you do, the more Allah will Bless you. It’s as simple as that. Allah is Ar-Razzaq, the Provider, so don’t worry about the money and just Zakat without thinking. Allah will give you more than you gave others. Don’t ever stop giving in charity. Even in Ramadan and after Ramadan. Even if you smile at your family members or your friends, your neighbor or to an old man, it’s a form of charity which Allah will take into account. 
  • Give Food to the Orphans, the Needy, and the Poor –There are so many people and children out there who are fasting, but they don’t have the means to break their fast. Help them and know that Allah is watching. Help them and earn greater rewards. Help them with a good intention and know that Allah will wipe your sins away. Trust me, you’ll feel much better and you’ll feel your soul cleansing and becoming pious each day.
  • Workout –Working out for just 10-15 minutes after your Taraweeh will keep you active throughout the night and will keep you feeling sound throughout the day. You can skip the workouts if you want and just eat healthily but even a 5-minute workout can and will do good to your body. Plus, you won’t feel guilty about eating an entire slice of pie.
  • Forget about your Phone –
    I think this point is very important for kids and adults of this generation as phones have become our constant companion. They act as though they literally can’t live without them. That all they need is phone instead of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide. Nevertheless, take this month as an advantage, seize the phones and place them where no one can find or even guess. I’m just kidding though because we obviously need phone to communicate but avoid using your phone too much and concentrate more on Quran and Dikhr.
  • Drink Lots of Water –
    Lastly, after you break your fast, increase your water intake because although you will feel active, your body won’t be able to do function properly unless you give it the missing oxygen that it needs. Also drinking a lot of water will prevent dizziness, nauseous, headaches and cravings.

I really hope these tips will benefit you this Ramadan In Sha Allah, and May Allah forgive you your sins, your mistakes, your shortcomings. May He, the Most Merciful, admit you into Paradise and save you from the Hell-Fire and May Allah accept your prayers, du’as, fasting and answer your invocations. May Allah bless this Ramadan, and May He make us among the righteous.

Ameen.

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7 Travel Tips You Need To Learn Now

Travelling is fun and also good for the health. When you’re sad or stressed out, the best thing to do is just book a ticket to your favorite destination and pack your bags because nothing is more beautiful than seeing a different view and connecting with diverse cultures and lifestyles.

So, to make your trip memorable from the beginning till the end, let me tell you seven travel tips that’ll make your trip composed and hasslefree.

1) Pack light – The heavier your bag gets, the more you’ll regret adding unncessary stuff in it. Hold back and take only what you think you’ll need. And no, you don’t need that big bag of assorted chocolates or that heavily studded denim jacket.

2) Make a list – Make a list of things you want to see, or delicacies you want to try. You can’t expect to find free Wi-fi everywhere you go. A list will make things easier for you.

3) Have patience – When you’re travelling, no matter how careful you are, bad things happen. Like for one, you missed your train, or your credit card isn’t working, or someone stole your backpack. But don’t fret, take a deep breath and think with a calm mind what you have to do next. “Anxiousness can lead to further disasters.” Travelling is all about patience.

4) Make extra copies of your passport and other important documents – Stuff them deep inside your bag or suitcase, just in case.

5) Always keep your phone charged and carry a powerbank – Powerbanks have made our life so much facile. Travelling drains the batteries quickly. But of course, don’t forget to charge your powerbank as well.

6) Carry a first aid kit – It’s a must. It can be small, but it’s a must.

7) Stay hydrated – Wherever you are, always carry a water bottle with you. Staying hydrated keeps your body active and mind focused. Keep taking small sips from time to time. Most importantly, keeping yourself hydrated will help you fight off that jet-lag!

I hope you guys use this beneficial tips the next time you’re travelling. And if you already know them, then kudos to you. But if you didn’t, then you’re welcome.

Travel safe!

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