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  1. 1. Leading Productive Lives:Spiritually - Physically- Socially Presented by: Mohammed Faris (aka Abu Productive), Founder & CEO, Productive Muslim Ltd
  2. 2. Welcome
  3. 3. What we’ll cover... Topics Definition of Productivity The Link between Spirituality and Productivity Manage your Sleep, Nutrition, and Fitness How to Develop Your Focus in the age of Distraction How to Develop Productive Habits Manage your Time/Tasks/Energy Levels How to Beat Procrastination How to Overcome Laziness ...& many more*
  4. 4. What would you like to cover? Your Topics
  5. 5. How we’ll work together Your Rules
  6. 6. Let’s Begin!
  7. 7. The Basics
  8. 8. Why do you need to be Productive?
  9. 9. Productivity & Happiness Man was created a Slave on this Earth To Toil the Earth and be Allah’s Vicegerent (Khalifah) We are happiest when we fulfill our Purpose on this Earth Question: When do we rest? “We take no pleasure in existence except when we are striving after something.”
  10. 10. How to develop an attitude of Productivity?
  11. 11. The Four Senses...•Sense of Purpose•Sense of Urgency Productive Attitude•Sense of Gratitude•Sense of Service
  12. 12. What is Productivity?
  13. 13. Our Definition of Productivity Productivity = Focus x Energy x Time (towards maximising your reward in Akhira)
  14. 14. In other words... A Productive Lifestyle is all about making smart choices (continuously) with your energy, focus, and time to maximize your potential in each of your roles
  15. 15. What is NOT Productivity?
  16. 16. Misconceptions •Productivity is NOT an Event, it’s a Process •Productivity is NOT boring, it’s fun! •Productivity is NOT being busy, it’s being organised 11/15
  17. 17. The ProductiveMuslim Framework
  18. 18. ProductiveMuslim Framework Spiritual Productivity Social Physical Productivity Productivity Being Productive is a Lifestyle, not an Activity 11/15
  19. 19. What you need to Implement the Framework?
  20. 20. Productivity Triangle Intention Action Discipline “Have sincere Intentions and (consistently) Work Hard” 11/15
  21. 21. How to develop Discipline?
  22. 22. Three Ingredients... Higher Purpose + Practice, Practice, Practice + Self-Accountability 11/15
  23. 23. Exercise What’s YOUR Slipping Point? 11/15
  24. 24. The Basics
  25. 25. SpiritualProductivity
  26. 26. ProductiveMuslim Framework Spiritual Productivity Social Physical Productivity Productivity 11/15
  27. 27. The Concept of Barakah “Barakah is the attachment of Divine goodness to a thing, so if it occurs in something little, it increases it. And if it occurs in something much, it benefits. And the greatest fruits of Barakah in all things is to use that barakah in the obedience of Allah (Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala)” 11/15
  28. 28. Barakah & Productivity Barakah Productivity 11/15
  29. 29. 18 Sources of Barakah 2. Belief 3. Putting 1. Good 4. Reciting 5. Saying 6. Eating and Piety in your trust inIntentions Quran “Bismillah” with People Allah Allah 9. Halal 10. 12. Giving7. Honesty 11. Praying 8. Dua Income/ Following Thanks to in Trade Istikhara money the Sunnah Allah 14. Tying 15. Waking 16.13. Charity Ties of 17. Salah 18. Istighfar up early Marriage Kinship 11/15
  30. 30. Productive Ancestors 11/15
  31. 31. Abu Hanifah Al-No’manHe would pray fajar in the Masjid and then, taking his position at the very front of themasjid, he would turn and sit facing the people and begin to discuss matters of fiqhwith them up until the athan of dhur was given. He then prayed his dhur and facedthe qiblah; remaining like that until asr, and after praying asr he remained sitting,facing the qiblah until maghrib. After praying maghrib he stayed sitting and facing theqiblah until isha. After he prayed isha he returned home and had something to eat andrenewed his wudu and returned to the masjid to finish what was left of the Quran! 11/15
  32. 32. Abu Ja’far al-MunsoorHe would pray fajar and then focus himself on going out and tending to the needs ofhis citizens, commanding good and forbidding evil, up until it was time for Dhur prayer.He would return to taking care of his subjects until he had prayed Asr. Then he wouldtake out time to tend to his family and care for them until maghrib time, after this hewould read from the Quran until was time for Isha and thereafter spent the first thirdof the night relaxing with light entertainment or doing some quiet reading from booksthat would broaden his horizons. He then slept for the second third of the night andthen awoke to make night prayer before praying fajar. After praying he would recite alittle from the Qur’an and then focus himself on attending to the needs of the people.This is what he lived for and devoted himself to. 11/15
  33. 33. Ibn Al-JawziHe loved immersing himself in reading books and writing his own works, and so hewould strive to spend as much time in solitude as possible. He always began the daywith great determination and aspiration, something he took from reading about thegreat figures from Islamic history. To conserve his time and help him produce as many writings as possible, he wouldkeep his meetings with people to a minimum and eat as little as possible to ward offlaziness that comes from overeating.At the end of his life he stood on the pulpit and said, “I wrote with these two fingersof mine 2000 volumes.” 11/15
  34. 34. Hafsa bint SeereenHafsa bint Seereen RA was a famous jurist and hadith scholar from the secondgeneration of the early Muslims. She managed to learn a great deal of knowledge fromA’ishah RA, the wife of the Prophet S.A.W and later went on to teach her brother IbnSeereen, the prominent Hadith Scholar.Her daily focus was on meeting Allah in the best state possible and so she would liveher life as though each day was the last. Her Advice to the Youth“O young people, utilize your youthfulness. Indeed I have seen people who have eyesyet are blind; O young people, employ time in that which may benefit you in thehereafter”  11/15
  35. 35. Zumurrud bint Jawlee (Part 1)She was born in ash-Shaam and had a royal upbringing as her father was a king. Eventhough she grew up in  prestigious surroundings, her father  cared immensely aboutraising her with knowledge, for she was an intelligent, smart woman.She memorized the Qur’an during her childhood and soon became an expert in Hanafifiqh. She was known for her refined manners and dignity and later got married to thegreat King Booree of the Seljuk Turks who  placed her in charge of  education andpublic affairs, whilst he fought the enemies of Islam. She excelled at this and quicklybecame famous and beloved to her people. 11/15
  36. 36. Zumurrud bint Jawlee (Part 2)Misfortune struck when both her husband and one of her sons died. Her younger sonIsmail became king but he was a wretched and corrupt man. He tortured anyone whoobjected to his misbehaviour and even killed his own brother for  criticising  him.Eventually it was his mother, Zumurrud, who had to end his madness by having himkilled as punishment for murdering his brother. Her son,  Shihab ad-Deen Mahmood was next  to  take the throne of Damascus.However, due to his incompetence, it was Zumurrud who was in fact in charge.  Shemanaged to implement sweeping reforms to the country, to the point that Damascusbecame a shining beacon at that time. She abolished taxes, started the biggest schoolthere: al-Khatooniyya, and thus the people tasted prosperity. 11/15
  37. 37. Zumurrud bint Jawlee (Part 3)Misfortune struck once again when she married  ‘Imaad Ad-deen Zinkee, for thiscaused her people to reject her as Zinkee had previously fought them. When thishappened, Zinkee too abandoned her and so she gave up all the royalty and went tolive in Makkah to spend the rest of her life. She ran out of money and took up cooking,serving, sewing to support  herself. Eventually, just before  her death, she moved toMadinah because she knew the Hadith of  the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallamstating that whoever dies in Madinah, he would intercede for that person. There shepassed away without a single person knowing her real status.  After her death, andafter people had buried her, her servant told them  that she was the Queen ofDamascus and told them about her lineage.  11/15
  38. 38. What removes Barakah? 11/15
  39. 39. Barakah Destroyers Sins & Bad Deeds are Barakah DestroyersThe Antidote: Istighfar + Tawbah 11/15
  40. 40. 7 Daily Spiritual Habits 1. Sunnah Prayers BEFORE/AFTER Salah 2. Remembrance of Allah after EVERY Salah 3. Morning/Evening Remembrance 4. Night Prayer 5. Duha Prayer 6. Always being in a state of Wudhu 7. Recite 30mins of Quran Each Day 11/15
  41. 41. Summary1. Why do you need to be Productive?2. How to develop a Productive Attitude?3. What is Productivity?4. What is NOT productivity?5. What is the ProductiveMuslim Framework?6. What do you need to implement the Framework?7. What is Barakah? Sources of Barakah?8. Daily Spiritual Habits to develop? 11/15
  42. 42. SpiritualProductivity
  43. 43. PhysicalProductivity
  44. 44. ProductiveMuslim Framework Spiritual Productivity Social Physical Productivity Productivity 11/15
  45. 45. Body Hacks Manage Sleep Manage Nutrition Manage Fitness Managing Your Body is KEY to managing Your Productivity 11/15
  46. 46. Managing Sleep 11/15
  47. 47. The Importance of Sleep• 1/3 of Your Life is Spent Sleeping!• Cannot be resisted (the gentle tyrant)• Important for health & well-being If you can manage sleep, you can manage your life 1/12
  48. 48. How to Sleep? Spiritual Solutions Physical Solutions Social Solutions 1/12
  49. 49. How to Sleep? (Spiritually) 11/15
  50. 50. Spiritual Significance of Sleep• Sign of Allah’s Power (Ayatul Kursi)• Realization of our Weakness• Reminder of Death/Resurrection• Rewards to those who overcome Sleep for Worship 1/12
  51. 51. A Muslim’s Dilemma Our bodies need 6-8 hours sleep each night vs. Give up Sleep for Personal/ Spiritual Growth... 1/12
  52. 52. A Muslim’s Dilemma Sleeping for Dunya vs. Sleeping for Akhira 1/12
  53. 53. Solving the Dilemma Start with the right Intentions. Remember Barakah & Productivity.Don’t Fight Sleep but Manage Your Sleep. 1/12
  54. 54. Practical Spiritual Solutions Actions • Wudhu Before Sleep • Witr Prayer or Night Prayer • Dua before Sleep • Constant Remembrance During Sleep • Dua if you wake up middle of the night • Dua if you can’t sleep After Sleep • Dua upon waking up • First actions 1/12
  55. 55. How to Sleep? (Physically) 11/15
  56. 56. Physical Preps Before Sleep• Exercise to burn off stress• Do not eat after 8.00pm*• No caffeine in the evenings• Stretch before going to bed• Make the room as cool as possible• Do light reading before bed/• Avoid TV (or laptop, Screens..etc) 1/12
  57. 57. How to actually Sleep? Sleep Cycle: Your Key to Quality Sleep 1/12
  58. 58. Understanding Sleep Cycles•We’re not Machines•Everything in our body Pulses Rhythmically•Law of Allah in the Universe Manage your sleep by working with your natural pulse and not against it 1/12
  59. 59. How Sleep Cycles Work Stage 1: Falling Asleep Stage 5: REM: Stage 2: Dreaming Light Sleep Stage 90-120 minutes Stage 4: Stage 3: Deep, slow- Deep, slow- wave sleep wave sleep 1/12
  60. 60. How Sleep Cycles Work 11.30pm 1.00am 2.30am 4.00am10pm 5am 1 sleep 2 sleep 3 sleep 4 sleep cycle cycles cycles cycles (Assuming 90m Sleep Cycles) 1/12
  61. 61. Homework Try to figure our your Sleep Cycle over the next 3 days. Trysleep cycles of 90 minutes, 100 minutes, and 120 minutes and see which one works best for you. 1/12
  62. 62. Q. What if I’m still tired? A. Power Naps 1/12
  63. 63. The Power of Power Naps!• A Nap of 90mins improves alertness by 10 hrs!• Naps make you smarter, healthier, & safer.• Why we need to nap? •Our bodies are programmed for 2 periods of intense sleep. (2am - 4am, and 1pm - 3pm) • When’s the best time to Nap?• 3 Types of Naps: •Cat Nap (20m), Action Nap (40m), Long Nap (90m). 1/12
  64. 64. Power Nap Time! 10 MINUTES 1/12
  65. 65. How to Sleep? (Socially) 11/15
  66. 66. Social Solutions to Sleep• Having a ‘Clean’ Heart before going to bed by: • Forgiving those who wronged you • Resolving Conflicts/Emotional Issues • Do NOT sleep whilst angry • If it’s too late to talk to people, write it down! Imagine you died that night 1/12
  67. 67. Spiritual SolutionsPhysical Solutions Social Solutions 1/12
  68. 68. Action Points1. Learn the ‘Before Sleep Duas. Practice daily.2. Measure Your Sleep Cycle (Involve friends/family)3. Build a Habit of Napping into your routine 1/12
  69. 69. Early Rising 11/15
  70. 70. Early Rising• Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said “O Allah, make the early morning hours blessed for my nation.”• Early Rising Starts the Night Before• Effective Ways to Wake Up Group Exercise: Brainstorm Creative Solutions to Waking Up Early 1/12
  71. 71. The Importance of M.RoutinesEarly Mornings is when you have most:1. Will Power2. Control over your Life/TimeThe most successful people use their mornings for these things:1.Nurturing their careers2.Nurturing their relationships3.Nurturing themselves“When you make over your mornings, you can make over your life. That is what the most successful people know” - Laura Vanderkam, Author 1/12
  72. 72. Develop Your NEW Routine What your new Morning routine Time (AM) What you do now will be like? 5.00 5.30 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 1/12
  73. 73. Body Hacks Manage Sleep Manage Nutrition Manage Fitness Managing Your Body is KEY to managing Your Productivity 11/15
  74. 74. Managing Nutrition 1/12
  75. 75. How to manage nutrition? Spiritual Solutions Physical Solutions Social Solutions 1/12
  76. 76. Manage Nutrition (Spiritually)• Understanding the Source of our Food• How to make food a Spiritual Exercise: • Saying Bismillah/Al-Hamdulillah • Eating with the right hand • Eating what you need• Incorporate habit of Fasting Practical Tip: Choose a meal and consciously contemplate 1/12
  77. 77. Manage Nutrition (Physically)• You are what you eat• Appetite vs. Hunger• Avoid Skipping Meals: Keep consistent energy level• Plan your meals for the week• Incorporate Habit of Fasting Practical Tip: Keep a food diary for 1-2 days, study & adjust your diet. 1/12
  78. 78. Manage Nutrition (Socially)The Prophet said: “The food of two people is enough for three,and the food of three people is enough for four.” (Sahîh Bukhârî, Sahîh Muslim) Practical Tip: Invite someone new to dinner tonight! BONUS: Invite a Stranger! 1/12
  79. 79. Managing Fitness 1/12
  80. 80. Why you should exercise? Don’t exercise for your Body; Exercise for your Brain! 1/12
  81. 81. 3 Major Excuses Excuse Excuse Buster! I don’t have time! I can’t afford it! I can’t commit! 1/12
  82. 82. Daily Exercises•Park further away from your destination.•Take the stairs instead of the elevator.•Break up your day by taking three 10-minute walks—morning, lunch, and afternoon.•Play with your children/siblings for at least an hour each evening. 1/12
  83. 83. How much exercise?150 Minutes/week of Moderate Exercising(50% - 70% of Maximum Heart Rate)1Your breathing quickens, but youre not out of breath. How to calculate your2You develop a light sweat after about 10 minutes of activity.3You can carry on a conversation, but you cant sing. Maximum Heart Rate: 220 – age in years = MHR.75 Minutes of Intense Exercising(Above 70% of your Maximum Heart Rate)1Your breathing is deep and rapid.2You develop a sweat after a few minutes of activity.3You cant say more than a few words without pausing for breath. 1/12
  84. 84. Spiritual SolutionsPhysical Solutions Social Solutions 1/12
  85. 85. Summary 3 x Essential Body Hacks 3 x Ways to Manage Sleep 3 x Ways to Manage Nutrition 3 x Major Excuses for Lack of Fitness 3 x Ways to Manage Emotions 1/12
  86. 86. PhysicalProductivity
  87. 87. BONUS:OvercomeLaziness
  88. 88. Definition of Laziness“lack of energy and enthusiasm of doing something that youshould not lack energy/enthusiasm for” Imam Al-Ragheb 1/12
  89. 89. Laziness in Quran and Sunnah• Mentioned in the Quran twice describing Hypocrites & their relationship with Salah(Al-Nisa - V.142, Al-Tawbah, V.54)• In the Sunnah:Narrated Abu Huraira Allah’s Apostle said, “Satan puts three knots at the back of thehead of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales thefollowing words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up andremembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the secondknot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets upenergetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with amischievous heart.” (Bukhari, Book #21, Hadith #243) 1/12
  90. 90. 9 Practical Tips to Overcome Laziness 1/12
  91. 91. 1. Dua ‘O Allaah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.’ 1/12
  92. 92. 2. Salah (especially Fajr) Narrated Abu Huraira Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said, “Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart.” (Bukhari, Book #21, Hadith #243) 1/12
  93. 93. 3. Continuous Remembrance 1/12
  94. 94. 4. High Aspirations/Think BIG You’re here 1/12
  95. 95. 5. Read the Seerah 1/12
  96. 96. 6. Choose productive friends Narrated Abu Musa: Allahs Messenger (Peace be upon him) said, "The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is I like that of the musk seller and the blacksmiths bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof."  (Book #34, Hadith #314) 1/12
  97. 97. 7. Feel Responsible 1/12
  98. 98. 8. Plan Your Days TASKINATOR Write down your most important tasks for today for each of the following areas - 2010 DATE Islam, Family, Work and Personal life. Estimate the total time per task. Fill in the scheduler with the hours youre planning to work for. Write the tasks youll do at each hour. Review at end of day and carry over incomplete tasks to a new taskinator. ISLAM01 Task description. Indent for subtasks Total Time STARTING HOUR02030405 FAMILY0607080910 WORK1112131415 PERSONAL1617181920 1/12
  99. 99. 9. Charge yourself! 1/12
  100. 100. BONUS:OvercomeLaziness
  101. 101. Questions?
  102. 102. See you tomorrow inshaAllah! address Suite B, 29 Harley Street, London, UK websites http://www.ProductiveMuslim.comproductivemuslim abuproductive phone UK: (+44) 0203 286 8067 E-mail productivemuslim 12/12
  103. 103. SocialProductivity
  104. 104. POP QUIZ!1. What is the definition of Productivity?2. What are the 3 types of Productivity?3. What do you need to develop discipline?4. What is Barakah? Mention 3 sources of Barakah?5. If I have a 90 minute sleep cycle and I sleep at midnight and I need to wake up at6.00am, how many sleep cycles can I fit in?6. What 3 things do successful people nurture every morning?7. How do you calculate Maximum Heart Rate (MHR)? 11/15
  105. 105. SocialProductivity
  106. 106. ProductiveMuslim Framework Spiritual Productivity Social Physical Productivity Productivity 11/15
  107. 107. Social Productivity 1/12
  108. 108. Why should you care? Islam is a community-based religion, not an individual-based religion 1/12
  109. 109. Wherever Allah Plants you, be fruitful 1/12
  110. 110. Where to Start? Circle of Concern Circle of Influence 1/12
  111. 111. Where to Start? Humanity Ummah Community Neighbours/ Colleagues Relatives Family 1/12
  112. 112. How to Start1. Find an area of interest2. Learn/Develop in that area3. Share/Teach/Volunteer 1/12
  113. 113. How to Start Resources you’ll Area of Interest Timeline need Family RelativesNeighbours/ Colleagues Community Ummah Humanity 1/12
  114. 114. Question: How do I prioritize? 1/12
  115. 115. Define your roles Mandated Roles Elective Roles Muslim Employee Father/Mother Friend Son/Daughter Boss Brother/Sister Student ...etc ...etc Exercise: What are your mandatory roles/elective roles? 1/12
  116. 116. Measure your performance Minimum Performance Level Line Performance Father Son Husband Employee Muslim Roles
  117. 117. Summary•Islam puts heavy influence on being Socially Productive• Focus on Your Circle of Influence and Expand it to includeyour circle of concern as you grow• Balance Your Roles by maintaining at least a MinimumPerformance Level at each role. 1/12
  118. 118. SocialProductivity
  119. 119. DevelopingProductive Habits
  120. 120. Why are Habits important? “We are what we repeatedly do; Excellence then is not an act, but a habit” - Aristotle “All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits” - William James “40% of Actions People Do each day aren’t decisions, but habits” - Duke University, 2006 1/12
  121. 121. How Habits Work 1/12
  122. 122. The Habit Loop For your brain TriggerReason to remember the habit Physical Reward Mental Routine Emotional 1/12
  123. 123. Changing Habits 1/12
  124. 124. 3 Methods to Changing Habits 1.30-Day Challenge 2.Focus on the loop 3.Replacement Theory
  125. 125. 1. 30-Day Challenge Method• Daily Focus on NEW habit for 30 days• Write it down, make it clear• Reasons you’ll quit: • Loss of interest, • Forgetfulness, • Unclear Guidelines, • Unforeseen obstacles
  126. 126. Grab our Habitator! Develop good habits or destroy bad ones with ProductiveMuslims Habitator! Write down up to 5 habits you want to develop (or destroy) under the relevant headings and give yourself a tick for each day that youve stuck (or The ProductiveMuslim Habitator abandoned) the habit. Each tick = 1 point. The higher the total number of points, the more likely youll continue (or discontinue) with the good (bad) habit. Aim to get over 20 points each month for each habit. Ideally, you should aim for over 25 points! Number of Days 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Total Points Spiritual Physical Social 1/12
  127. 127. 2. Focus on Loop Method• Identify a trigger for your habit • External (Alarm, Athan, Clothes, Time of Day) Trigger • Internal (Emotional State, Decision Making)• Practice a SPECIFIC, CONSISTENT, EXACT, Reward Routine Routine every time you hit the trigger!• Identify a Reward (Spiritual, physical, emotional..etc) 1/12
  128. 128. Exercise (Fill in the Blanks) Habit Trigger Routine Reward Wake up Fajr on Fajr Athan ??? Spiritual/Physical Time Reading before Pick up book next to Bed, Sleeping Getting into Bed ??? Read 5 pages Grab Gym Bag Exercise 3-4 times/ Drive to Gym ??? ??? week Sign in to Gym Get on Treadmill Choose your ??? ??? Habits... ???
  129. 129. Replacement Theory Method• Replace Habits to avoid “Now What?” Situation• Choose ONE alternative for every habit you want to change• Identify the Needs of your Old Habits & Make sure your new habit fulfills these needs
  130. 130. How to avoid failing • Public Commitment • Investment • Reward/Punishment • Make Habits Fun • Dump Negative People • Associate with Positive People • Place Reminders around you
  131. 131. How Islam Builds our Habits? 1/12
  132. 132. Habits in Islam Islam uses the Power of Habits to build an Exemplary Personality Worship Habits Lifestyle Habits Daily Prayers Eating with Right Hand Extra Prayers (Duha, Witr, Tahajjud) Staying in a state of Cleanliness Fasting Regularly(Mondays/Thursday, 3- Saying “Bismillah” days per month) Reciting Quran Holding oneself to account... ...can you think of more?
  133. 133. Athan TriggerSpiritual/Emotional/ Physical/ Mental Salah Habit Loop Reward Reward Wudhu Routine Masjid Pray
  134. 134. Note: Islam Discourages “Mindless” habits Use the Power of Habits to Build the Islamic Lifestyle aspired BUT Use Mindfulness in all your actions to maximize your reward with them 1/12
  135. 135. Which Habits to Develop? 1/12
  136. 136. Habit Time-Buckets Commuting 1st Hour at After WorkMorning Habits Evening Habits Habits Work Habits Habits•Fajr Prayer •Don’t Check E- • Shower•Athkar • Listen to mail! • Relax/Read • Wudhu/Witr•Quran AudioBooks • Read a Book • Catch up with • Athkar•Exercise • Memorize related to work Family • Reading•Planning Quran • Start on • Get involved in • Journal•Brainstorm Important Tasks Community•Breakfast 1/12
  137. 137. Summary• Try to Change ONE Habit at-a-time• Use Any of the THREE techniques on Habit Changes• Developing Habits is a PROCESS... not a ONE-TIME event! & It never stops!• Be conscious of what habits you have now (good, bad, indifferent) & constantly review your habits• Develop Habits with your spouse, parents, children, community, friends...• A Productive Lifestyle is simply a set of Good Habits 1/12
  138. 138. FocusManagement
  139. 139. Start focussing NOW!Please turn off these apps/devices for the next 90 minutes 1/12
  140. 140. Remember our definition... Productivity = Focus x Energy x Time (towards maximising your reward in Akhira)
  141. 141. How many minutes can youfocus on a single task without getting distracted? 1/12
  142. 142. Why is it so hard to focus these days? 1/12
  143. 143. RECLAIM YOUR FOCUS! 1/12
  144. 144. Practical Tips to Boost Your FOCUS! 1/12
  145. 145. Step 1: Clear Your Mind• Perform a brain dump!• Record your brain dump in a ‘trusted’ place -Trusted place = Searchable, Retrievable, Accessible• Examples of Softwares/apps for Brain dumps: -Google Docs (FREE) -Evernote (FREE) (Try with -Mindjet Manager ($200-$300) -The Humble Notepad/Text Edit 1/12
  146. 146. Step 2: Identify your MITs• MITs = Most Important Tasks• 3-5 MITs Maximum• Important/Not Urgent• Arrange by Priority 1/12
  147. 147. Step 3: Apply Focus Equation Focus = Disconnect + Simplify 1/12
  148. 148. Disconnect• Unplug• Disconnect Time• Solitude Zone• Get Outside/Change Environment• Make Yourself Invisible online• Stop ALL Notifications!• Internet Blocking Software, e.g. Freedom 1/12
  149. 149. Simplify• De-clutter your desk• De-clutter your desktop• De-clutter your Mind• De-clutter Your Life• Avoid Multi-tasking! One task at a time! 1/12
  150. 150. Step 4: Repeat Regularly• Practice Practice Practice• Have at least 1 x Focus session per day• Schedule “Focus Blocks” in your calendar 1/12
  151. 151. 4-Step process• Step 1: Clear Your Mind• Step 2: Identify M.I.Ts• Step 3. Apply Focus Equation• Step 4: Repeat regularly! 1/12
  152. 152. How does Islam boost our focus? 1/12
  153. 153. SalahLowering the GazeRecitation of Quran 1/12
  154. 154. Salah:A School of Focus 1/12
  155. 155. Salah & Focus Management [23:1]Successful indeed are the believers.[23:2]Those who offer their Salat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness 1/12
  156. 156. How does Salah boost focus?• Disconnect from this life/Connect to Afterlife• A complex/simple Ritual• ‘Tuma’nina’ vs. Khushoo 1/12
  157. 157. How to improve focus in Salah• The ‘fan’ example• Stop at Athan• Going to Masjid• Recite new Surahs• The 3 spits• Dua 1/12
  158. 158. Lowering The Gaze:Help Your Heart Focus 1/12
  159. 159. Reduces Distraction“The soul is a temptress and loves to look at beautiful formsand the eye is the guide of the heart. The heart commissionsits guide to go and look to see what is there and when theeye informs it of a beautiful image it shudders out of loveand desire for it. Frequently such inter-relations tire andwear down both the heart and the eye. Therefore when the sight is prevented from looking andinvestigating the heart finds relief from having to go throughthe arduous task of (vainly) seeking and desiring.” Ibn Al-Qayyim 1/12
  160. 160. Gives insights...“Whosoever builds his outward form upon following theSunnah, his internal form upon perpetual contemplation andawareness of Allaah, he restrains his soul from followingdesires, he lowers his gaze from the forbidden things and healways eats the lawful things then his perception andinsight shall never be wrong.” - Ibn Shujaa’ Al-Kirmaanee 1/12
  161. 161. Strengthens Discipline“the people seek nobility and power at the door of the Kingsand they will not find it except through the obedience ofAllah.” 1/12
  162. 162. Recitation of QuranDevelop Mindful Focus 1/12
  163. 163. Losing Touch w/Quran Quran in 7 Days Quran in 30 Days Quran in 60 days 5 pages per day 1 page per day 1 Ayah per day 1/12
  164. 164. Rebuild Your Relationship Quran in 7 Days Quran in 30 Days Quran in 60 days 5 pages per day 1 page per day 1 Ayah per day 1/12
  165. 165. How to improve focus w/Quran• Make an appointment with the Quran• Read to understand/teach• Ask Questions/Make dua as you read• Embark on Memorization Journey 1/12
  166. 166. Summary• Focus is a Muscle that needs to be trained• 4 Steps to Develop Focus Muscle• Islam helps us develop our Focus Muscle 1/12
  167. 167. BeatingProcrastination
  168. 168. Nor say of anything, "I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow" 1/12
  169. 169. The Prophet said, "There are two blessings which manypeople lose: (They are) health and free time for doinggood." 1/12
  170. 170. 7 Practical Tips to Beat Procrastination 1/12
  171. 171. 7 Practical Tips1. Find out why you procrastinate + Take action!2. Approach the task as a Professional3. Apply the Pomodoro Technique4. Remove ALL Distractions (Disconnect)5. Public Pledge6. Tackle your work early in the morning7. Dua Dua Dua 1/12
  172. 172. Managing Time
  173. 173. Where does our Time go? 1/12
  174. 174. Homework: Know Thy Time• Record what you do each day every hour for 1-3 days (or 1 week!)• Use softwares such as RescueTime to record what you do on yourcomputer• Ask a Friend/Spouse to record what you do every hour 1/12
  175. 175. Can we manage time?• Time is irreversible• Time cannot be compensated• We don’t know when it’ll end for us. We can’t manage Time, but we can manage Ourselves/Tasks/ Priorities and Goals to make the most of it! 1/12
  176. 176. Making most of your day Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) Said: “Not a single dawn breaks out without two angels calling out:“O! Son of Adam, I am a new day and I witness your actions, somake the best out of me because I will never come back till the day of Judgement”” 1/12
  177. 177. Practical Tips to Make Most of Your Day! 1/12
  178. 178. Step 1: Measure Your Energy 1/12
  179. 179. Step 2: Set Priorities• Start with Your Goals•Decide on your MITs (Most Important Tasks) the day before• Ensure that your MITs have at least 1 important/non-urgent Task• Be akhira focussed! 1/12
  180. 180. Step 3: Allocate Your Tasks TASKINATOR Write down your most important tasks for today for each of the following areas - 2010 DATE Islam, Family, Work and Personal life. Estimate the total time per task. Fill in the scheduler with the hours youre planning to work for. Write the tasks youll do at each hour. Review at end of day and carry over incomplete tasks to a new taskinator. ISLAM 01 Task description. Indent for subtasks Total Time STARTING HOUR 02 03 04 05 FAMILY 06 07 08 09 10 WORK 11 12 13 14 15 PERSONAL 16 17 18 1/12 19 20
  181. 181. Step 4: Plan Your Week Week Beginning WEEKLY TASKINATOR Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Project of the day 3x Important Tasks related to the Project What resources do you need to get the above tasks done? Example of resources money, books, websites, people, equipments..etc Allocated Time Feed into daily taskinator 1/12
  182. 182. Time Tips1. Identify time wasters/cut them out!2. Group similar tasks together and tackle them together3. Understand the task before executing it4. Allow Time for Unexpected Events5. Always be ready for Idle Time6. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate7. Don’t forget Family, Personal and Spiritual Time 1/12
  183. 183. Managing Time
  184. 184. Productivity After Death
  185. 185. Time TipsThe Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said “Actions ofthe son Adam ceased by death, except for three:- A righteous son- Continuous charity- Useful knowledge “ 1/12
  186. 186. Productivity After Death
  187. 187. Closing Session
  188. 188. What is ONE thing you learnt in this seminar? 1/12
  189. 189. What’s Next? 1/12
  190. 190. What you’ll get by e-mail...1. Presentation Slides2. Recommended Reading3. Worksheets 12/12
  191. 191. Join your local Chapter! productivemuslimmalaysia 12/12
  192. 192. About Us
  193. 193. Who we are? What is Productive Muslim? The Company Productive Muslim is a social enterprise Productive Muslim Ltd is a private dedicated to boosting Productivity in the Muslim limited company registered in England & World. It was formed on the belief that Islam as a Wales (Company No. 7693990) with a religion and way of life can help the modern registered office in London, UK. Muslim worker/student/citizen lead a productive lifestyle: spiritually, physically, and socially. The company operates as a virtual operation with a global workforce working Drawing inspirations from the Holy Quran, from from various countries including US, biography and sayings of Prophet Muhammad UK, Canada, Singapore, UAE, Saudi (Peace be upon him) as well as Islamic History, Arabia, Egypt, France, Turkey & Morocco. Productive Muslim fuses traditional Islamic knowledge with modern productivity understanding to bring together unique productivity solutions for the Muslim Ummah. 1/12
  194. 194. What we do Websites Training Consulting Tools Online Platforms for Online/Offline Productivity Consulting Productivity Tools Sharing Productivity Productivity Training to to Corporates, NGOs, including Apps,Knowledge to Muslims Individuals, Companies, and Government Software, worksheets Worldwide Government Agencies Agencies for the Modern Muslim Worker 2/12
  195. 195. Websites Over 50,000 unique/visitors per month Over 140,000 fans on Facebook & over 20,000 Followers on Twitter Awarded Brass-Crescent Award for Best Blog (2011) and Best Group Blog (2011/2012) 3/12
  196. 196. ProductiveMuslim Animations 45s Animations to inspire Productivity in young & old Over 2,000,000 views on YouTube Featured on 10 Channels Worldwide including: Al-Majd, Iqraa TV, Islam Channel UK, Al-Resala..and many others! 4/12
  197. 197. Training (Online & Offline) International seminars held in London, Cairo, Kuala Lampur & Jeddah Over 2000 attendees at Productive Muslim seminars to date! Productive Ramadan online training course held during Ramadan 2011/2012 with over 150 subscribers 5/12
  198. 198. Productivity Consulting Advisory, consulting & research services provided to corporates & non Governmental Organisations Onsite & virtual consulting available Tailored consulting for organisations based on unique needs 6/12
  199. 199. Productivity Tools TASKINATOR Write down your most important tasks for today for each of the following areas - 2010 DATE Islam, Family, Work and Personal life. Estimate the total time per task. Fill in the scheduler with the hours youre planning to work for. Write the tasks youll do at each hour. Review at end of day and carry over incomplete tasks to a new taskinator. ISLAM 01 Task description. Indent for subtasks Total Time STARTING HOUR 02 03 04 05 FAMILY 06 07 Worksheets/wallpapers/infographics 08 freely available on the website 09 10 WORK 11 12 13 14 iTaskinator iPhone App launched...over 15 1,000 Downloads to date PERSONAL 16 17 18 19 20 Week Beginning Saturday Sunday WEEKLY TASKINATOR Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday NOTES Android Version..coming out soon!Projectof theday3xImportantTasksrelated tothe ProjectWhatresources do REVIEWyou need toget the abovetasks done?Example of resourcesmoney, books,websites, people,equipments..etc 7/12AllocatedTime Feed into daily taskinator
  200. 200. How can we help you? Deliver productivity workshops for Provide online productivity training your organisation for your organization Provide productivity consulting for Advise your management on your organisation. policies to improve employee/team productivity Develop marketing campaign to Develop productivity tools for your enhance productivity in your organisation to boost Individual organization. productivity 8/12
  201. 201. For more queries... address Suite B, 29 Harley Street, London, UK websites http://www.ProductiveMuslim.comproductivemuslim abuproductive phone UK: (+44) 0203 286 8067 E-mail productivemuslim 12/12
  202. 202. Closing Session
  203. 203. Stay in Touch! address Suite B, 29 Harley Street, London, UK websites http://www.MusulmanProductif.comproductivemuslim abuproductive productivemuslim phone UK: (+44) 0203 286 8067 KSA: (+966) 537 000 505 E-mail 12/12