Today, I am going to show you how to get out of a rut.
If you’re feeling tired and showing lack of motivation to the simplest of tasks (like unloading the dishwasher) then you’ve come to the right place. By the end of this article you’ll have a framework of how to get things done. The right way, the Islamic way.
We will begin with 2 Duas for laziness. This puts full faith in Allah and his plans for us. Without him any action will be useless if he does not will it to be. After, we will go into specific actions you can take today to improve your productivity.
Dua for Laziness and Anxiety
Say these 2 Duas whenever you’re feeling tired.
But it’s also important to note, Tawakkul or putting full faith in Allah without any action is not permissible. It is reckless. It’s like praying for Allah to protect you and then jumping into the ocean knowing you can’t swim. Don’t do this.
“We should have Tawakkul to follow the way of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) in this regard as he was the best person who had Tawakkul. He used to consider other appropriate material means along with his Tawakkul. So, whoever ignores the material means thinking that it is sufficient for them to have Tawakkul, contradict the way of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him). This type of Tawakkul is not permissible. Rather, it is recklessness and not a Shary (Islamically lawful) Tawakkul.”
Strategies to avoid procrastination
Start with a plan – You can’t arrive at a destination without having it mapped out first. Imagine jumping on a boat and just sailing into the sea, you will only end up where the wind and waves will take you, not where you intended to go. But first you need to know where you want to go, what do you want to achieve, what do you want to be? These are hard questions to answer but you will need to figure this out before moving forward.
Break down the tasks to be as small as they can be. How difficult was it to make breakfast and start eating this morning? I am guessing it wasn’t that difficult, all you had to do is just come down stairs, cook, and put food in your mouth. That’s it. Now, when the task is something we want to avoid we make it complicated, take the gym for example. The excuses are:
- I first must buy the gym clothes and proper running shoes.
- I have to make sure I drink a lot of water throughout the day so that I don’t get dehydrated when I finally do end up at the gym.
- I have get in my car and then drive all the way there.
- Next, the employee will try to sell me a membership plan I don’t want and show me the entire gym and it’s going to waste so much time.
- Then I will have to figure out where everything is, where all the proper equipment is and how to use it.
- I will have to take a shower even before going to the gym and when I get back I’ll have to take another one. That’s a lot of water wasted.
It doesn’t have to be this complicated. The more complicated we make things in our mind the less likely we are to do it. The same thing goes for simple things like praying salat, or reading the quran.
Think about the benefits and consequences.Sometimes just taking time to reflect on the reasons why and how your life will change is enough motivation. As a result of doing that thing you’re avoiding, what will happen? List all the negative consequences, then do the same in the other direction.
Also note, everything matters. A small thing like unloading the dishwasher may seem small but the reality it isn’t. Imagine doing this unsuspectingly, how would that make your wife, mother, or whoever feel? Probably happy which can set off a chain of reaction. Only Allah knows the true impact of a small action.
Remember, put full faith in Allah by reciting these two duas for combating laziness. But you must plant the seed, it is Allah’s will to determine the fruitfulness that this plant bears.
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