During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise until sunset and we devote more time to prayers and practicing religious rituals late into the evening. Therefore, Muslim employees might find it challenging to keep productivity and performance levels up during Ramadan.
For this blog, I compiled some practical tips that have worked for me to increase productivity during Ramadan.
- Start work as early as possible. Take advantage of high energy levels during the early hours of the day and begin working after the Fajr (dawn) prayers, if you have flexible work hours. “The early morning has gold in its mouth.” -Benjamin Franklin
- Start with the tasks that need the most concentration and prioritize accordingly. Since you are more energetic and can concentrate better during the early morning hours of Ramadan, you should prioritize tasks that require more concentration and focus to be completed first.
- Avoid interruptions. You have less distractions during Ramadan, no coffee breaks or snacks, so you should be able to avoid interruptions and work for uninterrupted periods of time to finish your tasks sooner.
- Develop new habits. Ramadan is a very good exercise in will power, so it is a good time to get rid of bad habits and acquire good ones. Experts say that you need 21 days to form a habit, so Ramadan can be a very good start as you will have a 30-day chance.
- Watch your meals and diet carefully. Fasting for long hours and then having too much food all of a sudden will not result in spiritual or health benefits. I know it is delicious to eat these mouthwatering Ramadan dishes after a long, hot day but, consuming all this food too fast may not make you feel well. One of the best habits I learned during my Umrah last year is to eat only a small Iftar meal that is rich in energy and protein at the Iftar time and then have another meal later after finishing the Isha and Tarawih prayers. Let your body adjust to fasting so your body benefits from it and you will feel more energetic to practice your nightly rituals and enjoy a sound sleep.
- Avoid watching TV during Ramadan so you can have a good sleep. If you do not sleep well, this will impact your energy and concentration levels the next day. Sleeping well boosts your ability to deliver results without stress. “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” -Irish Proverb
Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims where we can recharge spiritually for the rest of the year. Let us also use it as a chance to recharge our productivity rates through a set of good habits that we follow from Ramadan onward.