The holy month of Ramadan is almost here. In this spiritual month, the regular schedule of our lives always changes. Whether you are a student or a working professional, everyone goes through a whirlwind of adjustments all of a sudden. As a result, we see a downward spiral in our productivity levels, but by keeping a few things in check, we can still maintain our productivity during Ramadan. So let’s take a look at a few ways to keep going without feeling drained:

Never miss Sehri: If needed, wake up at least an hour before Fajr and have a filling and balanced meal. This will help you feel fuller for longer. Have a proper fulfilling meal that will help you go through the day and keep you productive.

Do things right after Sehri: You just ate, which means you have the most energy at this time of day. Think of the most important stuff you have to do during the day, whether it’s drafting emails, editing important presentations, reciting the Quran, etc. and do them early in the morning. You’ll be surprised how productive you can be right after having sehri.

Plan your day: As there is a change in the timings of one’s day, it is better to plan your schedule accordingly. To ensure productivity, plan your work, get-togethers and other tasks to get the most out of your energetic periods. For example: doing meetings early so that employees can leave on time for iftaar with family etc.

Have a healthy iftaar: What you have for iftaar has a direct effect on your productivity. Having too many fried and heavy foods might make you feel bloated so you won’t feel very productive afterward. Also, do not feast after daylong fasting.

Don’t take on too physically exhausting tasks: During Ramadan, your sugar levels are always in dire need of glucose. So there is a high possibility that you won’t feel very energized throughout the day. In order to have enough energy to survive the day, tasks like going to the gym for hour-long cardio or going up and down using the stairs too much may be slowed down a little bit.

Work smart not just hard during Ramadan: Avoid physical tasks as much as realistically possible. For example, instead of a physical meeting, perhaps you can do a meeting online via video chat? Thus you not only save time in the already shortened office hours but avoid the physical exhaustion of traveling to a meeting.
Ramadan is the most holy month for every Muslim. As we are not used to fasting the rest of the year, the initial days of fasting can be a little tiring for us. So follow these tips to have a more productive and enjoyable Ramadan
this year.

G. Sumdany Don (Chief Inspirational Officer, Don Sumdany Facilitation and Consultancy) is a professional corporate trainer, a one to one coach and a motivational speaker