We are always seeking ways to develop productive habits as Muslim entrepreneurs, and who could be a better inspiration for that than our beloved prophet ﷺ.
We dedicated this article to go through 3 habits of prophet Muhammad ﷺ that if you start implementing would significantly boost your productivity!
Habit #1: Waking Up Early
Narrated Sakhr al-Ghamidi:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “O Allah, bless my people in their early mornings.”Sahih (Al-Albani)
This is the Prophet’s Duaa to Allah SWT, and we know that the prophet’s Duaa is accepted, which means that the early mornings are indeed blessed and are full of barakah.
In addition, prophet Muhammad ﷺ was an early riser himself since he woke up every day at Fajr.
As Muslim entrepreneurs, we should learn from our Prophet’s habits and implement them in our lives by waking up early everyday.
It’s true that it’s hard and that we might feel a bit tired in the beginning when we start waking up early, however, there are LOTS of benefits that we can reap once we develop this habit like:
- Having more time in our day (barakah)
- Developing heightened awareness
- Fewer distractions
Now that you know the benefits, let us share some tips that will help you develop this habit with ease insha’Allah.
Tip #1 Do It Gradually
For example, if you’re used to waking up at 8 AM and you want to start waking up at 6 AM, it would be really difficult to make such a huge shift.
Instead, what you should do is gradually change your waking time by just 10 minutes earlier every day (7:50, then 7:40, etc…) until you finally reach your goal.
Tip #2: Sleep Early
Try not to stay up late. It can be tempting to stay up scrolling through social media or watching a TV show, however, this affects our ability to wake up early the next day, so try to go to bed early and avoid wasting time at night.
Habit #2: Eating Moderately
Lots of people might not realize that, but eating is actually a very energy-intensive activity for the human body. Digesting food takes up a lot of resources.
Have you ever had a big meal and then felt the need to sit down or even take a nap afterwards?
It leaves you feeling like you don’t have any more energy to get up or do anything with your day.
Miqdam bin Ma’dikarib (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:[At-Tirmidhi, who classified it as Hadith Hasan].
I heard Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: “No man fills a container worse than his stomach. A few morsels that keep his back upright are sufficient for him. If he has to, then he should keep one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for his breathing.”
So we should have enough food to give us energy but not too much food that takes too much from our energy. As Muslim entrepreneurs, we should be mindful of how much we eat throughout our day and not seek to fill our stomachs completely so our system doesn’t take so much energy to digest all of this food.
This way we can use this energy to be productive instead.
Habit #3: Exercising Regularly
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:[Muslim].
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak one, and both are good”.
While the scholars have interpreted that the “strength” in this hadith refers to the strength of one’s faith, however, it does not discount one’s physical strength.
So how can we maintain our physical strength? Surely it’s through regular exercise.
We know that the beloved Prophet ﷺ used to exercise regularly and he was a very healthy and strong man. He used to ride his horse/camel sometimes without a saddle and he would race with his companions and they always had trouble defeating him.
We can learn from this that it’s important to maintain regular exercise, to take care of our bodies and to maintain our strength. Because this is how we stay productive this is how we keep our energy levels high. It’s by making sure that we’re taking care of our physical body through regular exercise.
So how can we get into the habit of exercising?
Generally, you should start with easy exercises and then increase the intensity as you go.
So if you are going to the gym you can start by lifting lighter weights and then progress to lifting heavier weights.
Any form of exercise is great as long as you move your body and stay active!
This sums up our three habits of the Prophet. We hope that you found this article beneficial and insha’Allah you will be able to increase your productivity and maintain high energy levels through these habits.
We want to know if there are any other habits that you recommend for increased productivity, so let us know in the comments!