In this blog post, I want to share with you my five best productivity hacks for Muslim business owners, as well as my secrets for staying productive and achieving more in a day than most people achieve in a week.
I am going to share with you ALL my secrets and share with you how you can spend your evenings and weekends with friends and family instead of working overtime because you couldn’t complete your tasks.
Hack #1: Schedule your day in advance
Scheduling your day in advance is so important for making sure that you’re able to work through your day efficiently and get through your tasks quickly because it lets you know exactly what you should be working on and when you should be working on them.
What I like to do is to wake up in the morning and open up my planner, you can really buy any planner on amazon since they’ll have the days mapped out and you can write down in detail the tasks you will have to do.
The reason why it’s so important to schedule your day in advance is that when you wake up not knowing what you’re going to be working on, you end up sitting on your computer trying to figure out where to start.
What happens is that you are now being reactive instead of proactive…
You are reacting to tasks that come up and emails that get sent to you which ends up consuming your time needlessly.
Hack #2: Use a task management software
- Create tasks
- Add images and files
- Put in deadlines
These free apps allow you to write down all of your tasks in detail, so when you start your day and you see your tasks listed out with their deadlines you will know what to prioritize working on.
Combining this with the planner can really boost your time efficiency and productivity.
Hack #3: Silence & hide your phone.
Let’s be honest, your phone is a distraction, if you are working on something and you are focused, all it would take is one notification or call from your phone to break this focus, and now it will take you 30 to 40 minutes to get back into the zone so you can really be efficient and productive on your work.
To avoid that I simply just put my phone on silent and I put it in my drawer where it’s away from me and I can’t see it because let me tell you, to get to that state of deep work where you’re extremely focused takes about 30 to 40 minutes.
So imagine if your phone distracts you every 10 minutes, surely it will prevent you from ever getting into the deep work state where you can:
- Maximize your productivity.
- Get the most and the best amount of work done.
- Get the best work done in the shortest amount of time.
Surely it will be destroy your productivity.
Hack #4: Schedule breaks & prayers
As Muslim entrepreneurs and business owners, we have to pray five times a day and this means we have to get up and make time for Dhur, Asr, and Maghrib prayers, and these prayers are usually in the middle of the day.
What I like to do is to schedule the prayers, and the breaks in advance and try to bundle them together, so for example when it’s Dhur time, I’d get up and get lunch, pray Dhur, and then get back to work.
This really helps because otherwise what happens is I can be really focused on a task and then I look at the time and find that there are only 20 minutes left until prayer and I have to get up and go, which makes me lose concentration and focus.
By bundling break & prayer together I use the prayer time as my off time where I recharge and then I can fully focus on working on my business.
I don’t have to let breaks break my concentration and interrupt that deep work state that I want to achieve to maximize productivity.
Hack #5: Work backwards from your goals
Reverse engineer your tasks based on your goals because it’s not just about working hard but you have to work smart, if you’re reading this blog you might want to be more productive so that you can get more done, can complete your to-do list a little bit faster.
But it’s important to really take a minute and examine:
- Is this really important?
- Do I have to do this now?
- Does this contribute to my business goals as a Muslim entrepreneur?
So you want to reverse engineer based on your goals, if your goal is:
“I want to get five more clients every single month”
Well, what do you need to do to get those five clients? Do you need to send more emails? Do you need to connect with potential clients every day? Do you need to post on Facebook or post on Instagram and share valuable content?
You need to think “What do I need to do to get those clients?”, and map out the actions you need to take to get to this goal, and if you find that you are spending too much time on actions that don’t get you closer to your goal then stop doing them and focus on what will have the most impact and get you closer to what you are trying to achieve insha’Allah.
To sum up, the five tips we went through in this blog post are scheduling your day in advance, using a task management app, silencing & hiding your phone, scheduling breaks & prayers, and working backwards from your goals.
If you manage to implement these tips I can guarantee that your productivity levels will skyrocket, and once you make them a part of your routine they will be easier and more intuitive for you to implement which will increase your productivity even further!