Man has 24 hours a day but they often feel short of time. Why? Because they don’t use their time wisely. Managing time is important to make sure that you have made the most out of it. Here are some tips to get a good time management in Islam.
- Wake Up Early in the Morning
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “O Allah, bless my nation in their early mornings (i.e., what they do early in the morning).” [Ibn Majah]
Truly, there are blessing in every morning. Waking up early making your day less stressful and giving you more time to finish your tasks. You may witness the magic Allah SWT creates in the morning. Not only to wake up early you have to try not to go back to sleep after Fajr. Also readConcept of Time Islam
- Prioritize the Daily Prayers
Narrated Al-Aswad bin Yazid: I asked ‘Aisha(may Allāh be pleased with her) “What did the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) do at home?” She said, “He used to work for his family, and when he heard the adhan (call for the prayer), he would go out.” [Bukhari]
No matter how busy your life is, there’s no reason to skip Salah. In fact, you have to adjust your schedule with daily prayers time so you can perform the prayers on time. Remember that works and other worldly things are merely temporary and nothing more than distraction to drive you away from Allah SWT.
- Make Time for Everything
Narrated ‘Aisha: that the Messenger of Allah ṣ(peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “The best of you is the best to his wives, and I am the best of you to my wives, and when your companion dies, leave him alone.” [Tirmidhi]
There should be 3 major aspects in your life, on the prioritized order: spiritual time, family time, and personal time outside of work. If you can spare time for the first, you’ll be able to spare for the latter two. Also read Importance of Family Life in Islam
- Spend Time to Do Good
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) having said: “Hasten to do good deeds before six things happen: the rising of the sun from the west, the smoke, the Dajjal, the beast and (the death) of one of you or the general turmoil.” [Muslim]
There are many kind of goodness and doing good in Islam, and one of them is by not procrastinating. Instead of delaying your task for unnecessary things, it’s more important for you to finish them. It’s how you can spend your time by doing good.
- Respect Other People’s Time
You’re not the only one in the world who want to make the most of their time. Everyone else also cherish their time so you have to be considerate as well. Respect their time by telling in advance that you’re going to be late or if you fail to see them. Wanting to make the most of your time doesn’t mean you are allowed to sacrifice others’ time. Also read Quran Verses of Respecting Parents
“… and fulfill (every) engagement, for (every) engagement will be inquired into (on the Day of Reckoning).” (17:34)
- Start Your Day with Bismillah
Every goodness you commit in this world is an act of worship to Allah SWT. And worship is not worship unless it started with Bismillah. Make this one a habit so that you involve Allah SWT in every step you take. Besides, there is a deeper meaning of saying Bismillah, which is Allah SWT will give you shelter and protection all the way.
“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (51:56)
- Spend Time in the Mosque
Here are another tips to get a good time management in Islam: starting the day at Fajr before everyone else wake up. It’s a blessing to start the day early so that you won’t be in a rush for the rest of the day. Also read Tips for Time Management in Islam
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “O Allah, bless my nation in their early mornings.” (Ibn Majah)
- Keep Your Body Healthy
Even if you have abundant amount of times, it would be useless if you get sick. Thus, keeping your body healthy remains important. Make time to do exercise everyday and reduce the consumption of sugar and other toxic foods.
- Take Breaks Between the Tasks
Finishing the task is important, but giving breaks between tasks is not less important. In fact, you need it to refresh your brain so it can work better. Committed to yourself to take a few minutes break between doing the tasks. Also read Importance of Time in Islam
- Get Rid of Distractions
Staying away won’t affect you that much, but getting rid completely would. Turn off the notifications for your phone and other gadgets when you are focusing to finish your work.
- Start with the Most Important Task
While starting the day early makes you stress less, doing what’s more important first setting the mood for the rest of the days. Make priority what should you do first and end the day with the easiest one. Also read Importance of Waiting Praying Time in Islam
- Do One Thing at a Time
If you think that multitasking is effective, you should change the mindset right away because the Prophet (peace be upon him) himself was not a multi-tasker. Do everything one at a time so you can give your whole attention to it. The final result will be better as well.
So those are all the tips to get good time management in Islam you can follow. Time is something precious that we can never have back. Since a time only comes once, you have to make the most out of it. Don’t waste your time for anything unnecessary.