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It is okay not to be productive all the time

It is okay not to be productive all the time

It is okay. You don’t need to be productive and working all day long.

It’s fine.

Really, It is fine to take a break to watch a funny video.

It is fine to relax in the evenings in your family.

And it is absolutely fine to take a few days off for a vacation.

Growing up in a Capitalistic culture, many of us assume that life is all about work, money and productivity. But this is just one portion of life.

Life is really not all about work. There are many other aspects of being human. From worshiping the Creator, to spending time with family, to taking care of yourself. All of this is important.

So when it is time for work, do your absolute best, and produce the best possible results.

But when it is time for worship, family, fun or taking care of yourself, focus on that instead.

So if you feel guilty about enjoying some alone time, having fun or taking a break from work, don’t.

Just remind yourself that it is perfectly okay not to be productive all the time.

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Podcast Interview with Productive Muslim

Podcast Interview with Productive Muslim

Podcast Interview with Productive Muslim

Podcast Interview with Productive Muslim

Check out this podcast interview with Productive Muslim with Islamic Self Help’s Founder Shaykh Ismail Kamdar.

In this interview, Productive Muslim discusses the productivity habits of Shaykh Ismail. Topics covered include:

 

  • How to discover your interest and use it to benefit the Ummah.
  • The significance of homeschooling children.
  • Keeping yourself motivated to be productive and scheduling lazy days.
  • How to manage stress and deal with a difficult day.
  • How early marriage leads to productivity.
  • The importance of making time for self, family, and worship.

You can listen to the interview here: http://productivemuslim.com/interview-with-ismail-kamdar/

Show Notes from the Podcast website

Sh Ismail Kamdar joins us from Durban, South Africa. He is the senior lecturer and faculty manager of the Islamic Online University, the founder of Islamic Self Help and a radio presenter at Al Ansaar foundation. And He is also a homeschooling father of 4 children and has authored over 6 titles, in the areas of Islam, personal development, and homeschooling. He published his first book at the age of 23.

Sh Ismail is our guest today for the Productive Muslim Interview, whereby we speak to individuals from all walks of life, get an insight into their productivity and take away lessons we can implement.

In this episode, we speak about:

  • How to discover your interest and use it to benefit the Ummah.
  • The significance of homeschooling children.
  • Keeping yourself motivated to be productive and scheduling lazy days.
  • How to manage stress and deal with a difficult day.
  • How early marriage leads to productivity.
  • The importance of making time for self, family, and worship.

Resources

Connect with Sh Ismail through his website or on Facebook.

Thank You For Listening!

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Book Review: The Productive Muslim

Book Details:Productive Muslim

Title: The Productive Muslim – When Faith meets Productivity

Author: Mohammed Faris

Publisher: Awakening Publications, 2016

Length: 232 Pages

Brief Biography of Author:

Mohammed Faris is the founder of ProductiveMuslim.com, an online social enterprise dedicated to boosting productivity in the Muslim world. He is an international speaker, author and coach and has delivered many public workshops in cities around the world. In 2014, Mohammed was added to the list of 500 Most Influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Jordan. (Biography taken from back cover the book)

Summary of the Productive Muslim:

The title of the Productive Muslim is very clear. The book is all about being a practicing Muslim and how to increase productivity while doing so. The core of this book is divided into three main sections: Spiritual Productivity, Physical Productivity and Social Productivity.

The main theme of the book is that Islam gives us all the tools to be productive, and these include spiritual resources like Salah and Fasting. There is a lot of focus on the benefits of various acts of worship and Islamic habits.

Other topics covered in this book include the importance of setting goals, developing a vision and developing good habits. There is an extra chapter at the end focusing on productivity in Ramadan.

Review of the Productive Muslim:

I have been a fan of the Productive Muslim website for many years now, and in many ways, it has been the inspiration behind Islamic Self Help and our eBooks. As an author of Self Help eBooks, I really appreciate the effort that went into this book.

The first thing that stands out about this book is the simple language used. Every concept is explained in the easiest manner, making it accessible to any reader. The second thing that I loved about this book is the illustrative summaries at the end of each chapter that helps you revise and remember the core points.

The book is well edited, structured in a mostly-logical manner, and contains dozens of productivity boosting tips. My personal favorite section is the chapter on spiritual productivity and especially the details about the benefits of Salah. This chapter is a must-read for every believer.

There are few things about the chapter order which did not make sense to me. Goal-setting and vision planning were mentioned at the very end of the book, and very briefly. This chapter could have benefited from more details and being placed earlier in the book. Likewise, the chapter on Ramadan seems out of place and would be better suited as an Appendix.

These, however, are tiny nitpicks from a reader who enjoyed the book so much, I wanted perfection for it. At the end of the day, this is a well-written, detailed, and ‘productive’ read indeed.

Rating: Highly Recommended

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Review written by Shaykh Ismail Kamdar,  founder of Islamic Self Help and author of several eBooks including Getting The Barakah: An Islamic Guide to Time Management and Best Of Creation: An Islamic Guide to Self Confidence.

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