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Lessons from Ramadhan

Can you believe that Ramadhan is now over? In fact, it's been over a week. I remember writing an article not long ago about Ramadhan, right before it started. When they say time flies, it is not a joke. It almost seems like a blink of an eye. So, we should always try our best to make the most of it. I thought I was going to, or at least try. I planned out my daily Ramadhan activities and I decided to take a break from my websites and social media. But, did that really help me to remain focused and productive?

Making daily plans
I believe that the best way to make the most of our time is by striving to plan it out as much as possible. So, I made meal plans, activity plans, daily plans, etc. I thought I was getting everything in the right direction. Then, Ramadhan started. I was on top of my daily schedule at the beginning. Within few days, my focus wasn't where I wanted it to be. I was still taking care of my daily Ramadhan goals, but I didn't like that I was a little behind.

Focusing too much on daily goals 
Although it is very important to make plans and strive to stick to those plans, I believe when it comes to worship, intentions should overpower goals. I'll tell you what I mean by that. Because I was too focused on accomplishing my daily goals, when I did fail to live up to it, I felt a bit disappointed. "It's not like I planned out too much or anything," I thought. Looking back now, I wish I would have remained focused on actually doing something extra every day; anything beneficial. Being too focused on my goals made me eventually give up most of it by the middle of Ramadhan. If  I had done even a little, I would have done a lot more by the end of Ramadhan. Now I know better and hope to do better next time, in shaa Allah.

Taking a break from websites and social media
Even though I run three different websites and have social media accounts for all of them, I don't usually spend a lot of time on them, except when I do research or make educational printables. Looking back now, I believe I could have still continued to create educational resources that could have benefitted other people. Not being 'busy' allowed me to slack off much easier than I would have if I had other things planned out. Because of completely stopping, I found it a bit difficult to get back on track. I'm just now starting to slowly get into that 'work' mood. Lesson learned!

Conclusion
I think we should always try our best to plan out our Ramadhan to make the most of it. That being said, we shouldn't stray away from the focus of having a good intention and doing as much as we can while seeking Allah's pleasure. If we fail to live up to our goals, it should still not stop us from at least doing a little bit of those goals at a time. In the end, we would find ourselves doing much more than if we completely stop out of disappointment. I also believe that we should try not to completely stop what we were previously doing (if beneficial); but just find a balance.

If Allah grants us another Ramadhan, there's room for improvement in shaa Allah. May Allah grant us many more months of Ramadhan to come and be successful. Before I leave you, I would like to remind you and myself to fast six days during this month of Shawwal to gain the reward of fasting the whole year, in shaa Allah. May Allah accept it from us.


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AuthorUmm Sumayyah
Umm Sumayyah is a mother of two and a former teacher who turned into a home educator after becoming a mother. She is also an editor and a researcher who loves collecting and sharing information on education, career, and entrepreneurship.

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