Hola. So, I'm here again getting extremely excited to write.
I've been trying to convey this message (longing, actually) especially to my dearest friends (or students of smai) that have been part of my life. The reason of why I'm feeling like it because I could see mass of Muslims neglecting the importance of managing their times, and thus it' leads to the worst consequences of unable to complete their tasks or works or jobs or homework or etc at the exact given time. Excuses will be the way to escape then.
I'm not the best dealer when talking about time management. I'm still learning. But I really feel like sharing ways to manage times even though I'm not qualified enough.
Procrastination is a thief of time. An adage repeatedly told by every teacher, book yada yada yada, we know.
Islam takes serious emphasis on time.
Note this hadith:
"Whoever believes in Allah and the Hereafter, let him speak good or keep quiet."
(Recorded by Bukhari and Muslim)
Among things that have been stressed up by Islamic scholars (based on my reading), they would say how important for a Muslim to take care of what have been talking or to be talking etc. A Muslim man (and his kind) is someone who use up every minutes so precisely meticulous. He doesn't talk except when needed or when he doesn't simply fill the time with good stuff but also, vigilantly plan of what to be put first and what forth.
There's a great analogy to clarify this matter. Some of you might even have heard of it.
For example, you have a big basin and you need to filled it with some beans, sands, rice, potatoes, buns (err.. what else?) perhaps some books (ehem, any idea?). If you fill it with sands, beans, rice (small things) and then potatoes, buns and books (big things) you will find out that the basin is not enough to put all those thing together.
But what about if you... put the books, buns, potatoes first and then the beans, sands and rice. You'll get it fixed!
Here is what I meant. In life, if we put the trivial things first in our life, then the big stuff, you are ruining your own life. Big stuff needs to be attended first and then, during some intervals or when the important stuff has finished, we can do the trivial stuff then. Insha Allah, we would be able to accomplished all things correctly.
Analyse the above diagram.
That is the Time Management Matrix produced by Stephen Covey, the author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
I don't think I need to give further explanation; it could easily be understood.
We, are muslim, entrusted with abundance of works for the duniyya and akhirah.
Our life doesn't end up here on the earth, but rather, we have the world of the Hereafter where our deeds are to be our main concern and that our time is being questioned, of the where and how it has been spent.
Let's try to manage our lives as best as we could so that we got blessed by Allah.
Just some thought to share. If you somehow encountered a time where you thing is deeply boring and have nothing to do, then the best thing to do is the reading. READ. Read as much as we could as reading content up the mind and the heart Don't go watching TV and facebooking when you have had too much of it.
And, yes, when I am talking about reading, I don't mean reading only fictions,but also both the non-fiction including the islamic books and books that contain virtue and knowledge.
Muslim, our journey is far from the end. We still got so much thing to do for ourselves, the religion and the ummah.
Let's give the best strike! Insha-Allah.