Ramadan – right in the dead of summer – is a daunting prospect, no doubt. How are your faring till now? It’s going to be a tough month for many people fasting this year as the Northern Hemisphere experiences one of the hottest summers in recorded history. It goes without saying though, that using fasting as a justification for your lack of productivity is just not on.
This isn’t the first summer Ramadan we’ve had, the preceding several holy months have all fallen in and around the hottest days of the year. That means we’ve had time to accumulate some tips and tricks that ACTUALLY work to keep you on top of your tasks and motivated to stay productive. Have a gander:
Quick, how many glasses of water have you had today? If you’re struggling to get past 2, welcome to the barely-functional-grown-ups club. Admit it, we barely get our necessary fill of life-giving fluid in a normal day – Ramadan’s nothing but a binge during Suhoor and Iftar and no water in-between. That’s a recipe for disaster because nothing kills productivity more than thirst. It utterly overwhelms your mind and prevents you from focusing fully on anything.
Can’t remember to drink water during non-fasting hours? Here’s a simple hack: Set up an hourly Google Calendar reminder on your phone (or more, depending on how thirsty you generally feel). This way you’ll get a gentle nudge every hour or so to get a refill – keeping yourself regularly hydrated this way will help you feel less thirsty while fasting during the day and keep your mind on track!
Fix Those Eating Habits
People are quick to point out that unhealthy eating habits during Ramadan are a nationwide dilemma, and they’d not be wrong. We do love to go overboard during Suhoor and especially at Iftar time and those sessions make their negative impact known when you step on the weighing scale after Eid.
Even if you’re not particularly “health conscious” (why not, though? Everyone should be putting their health first!), it still stands to reason that food excesses will impact your day as well as your nights. Feeling bloated or gassy at work will cut into your concentration as easily as being dehydrated and the result will be the same – no progress.
Ramadan isn’t the end of the world. Every Iftar isn’t your last meal. Pace yourself.
If You Can’t Pace Yourself, Exercise
This is not us condoning unhealthy eating habits but if you insist on testing the limits of your body’s digestion, you might as well hit the gym regularly to keep yourself in shape. Not only that, but exercise is a proven way to center your body and focus you for the rest of your day. Consult with a professional on an exercise regimen that invigorates and refreshes you, even during a fast (yes, the human body is that resilient!) and follow through on that plan.
Trust us, you’ll find yourself pumped up and tearing through your work deadlines in no time!
Don’t. Waste. Time.
Before you kill us for digging up that old parental nugget again, consider this: With your attention span already reduced during Ramadan, you need but the tiniest of excuses to switch away from work. Social media is one of those frequent excuses and perhaps one of the biggest time sinks during a Ramadan work day.
Here’s a solution that’s easy to write but tough to implement: Don’t check your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat in the office. Go cold turkey. Not only will this free up your mind to focus on your tasks but it will give you something to look forward to in those wee hours before Iftar when the TV’s torturing you with cooking shows, as is the smell wafting from your own kitchen. Having a day’s worth of social media activity to catch up on at that time will help you get through that time period easily AND keep you on track while you’re in the office!
Everyone’s got their own way to stay focused and productive during Ramadan. These are the tried and tested ways of the MIHNATI team, what are yours?