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A practical guide to organizing work time in Ramadan

By Mohamed Elwani

We must be keen to organize the working time during Ramadan because this month is considered a challenge on more than one level. This is whether in terms of worship or in terms of continuing your production rate as it is. In addition to that, the working hours in the month of Ramadan are usually less than usual.

So you suffer from fatigue and lack of energy and at the same time you have a short working day. What is the solution in this case? There is no way to stay productive without organizing your working time during Ramadan, and determining what you want to do, and when you need to do this.

Organizing work time during Ramadan

In “Entrepreneurship KSA” Magazine, we monitor some suggestions that may help in organizing work time during Ramadan, as follows…

● Accurate Planning

We agree that the month of Ramadan is a challenge of some kind. You want to be more worshipful and committed, and to catch up on the other hand. However, you do not want your fasting to affect your performance at work. Therefore, what you should do is plan, not only for work but for your personal life as well.

We know that your life before the month of Ramadan runs according to a certain rhythm. You must follow up on your plans and goals, but this month has special circumstances and therefore requires an exceptional plan of its own, which you must do now.

● Clear & Achievable Goals

When you think about organizing work time during Ramadan, you should be realistic. You should realize that some major goals that are impossible to achieve do not push you forward, but rather block you from the path.
If you are planning a service or work, you must be realistic. In addition to that, proceed gradually. This is because, at the beginning of the month, you are not the same as you are in the middle of it. After some time, you will get used to fasting, and then it will be easy for you to accomplish your tasks and fulfill what is required of you.

So organizing work time during Ramadan is based on a basic idea: Your production rate or level of performance should not decrease from what it was before Ramadan.

● The convenient time to work

Most people now work remotely, or at least there is flexibility in coming and going to offices, and therefore if you work from home, your duty – as long as you are thinking about organizing work time in Ramadan – is to determine the most appropriate hours in which you must work.

We agree that people differ on this point. Some of them are more accomplished in the morning, and others feel that they reach their peak late at night. Therefore, each one has to determine the appropriate time at which he must work.

Of course, it is imperative to balance, when determining this time, between work goals and your personal goals, whether it is worship or some other personal hobby. In any case, one side should not dominate the other.

● Don’t get bogged down in multitasking

There are a lot of tasks that you will have to accomplish during the month of Ramadan. However, organizing work time during Ramadan requires that you completely avoid multitasking. This is because you should not engage in more than one task at a time, but rather engage in one task and then move on to the next.

Recent studies have shown that multitasking slows productivity and leads to sloppy work. When we do multiple tasks simultaneously, our brains become unable to give any task full attention. As a result, we end up with a lack of focus, a lower qualification rate, and a lower level of performance.

All time management experts agree that focusing on one task at a time leads to getting it done faster and with better quality than if you try to get a lot done at once.

● Organizing Personal Life

Organizing your work time during Ramadan begins with organizing your personal life. Failure here, or confusion and randomness, will affect your work if you do not take into account obtaining healthy food or if you do not get enough sleep…etc. Then it is certain that you will return to work empty of energy, and you will not be able to accomplish anything of significance.

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