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How to Stay Productive During Ramadan

Posted by Reem Boudraa July 9, 2013 33 Comments 7927 views

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We know how hard Ramadan can be while you’re at work. But because Ramadan is a month of giving and good deeds, we want you to be as productive and motivated as possible, at all times. In this blog, we’ll give you our top 10 tips for a stress-free, productive Ramadan. But first, let’s start with some numbers to get an overall feel of the prevailing lifestyle in the MENA region.

What our research tells us…

It’s all about balancing your eating habits

While 31.7% of professionals in MENA would describe their eating habits as unhealthy (according to the Bayt.com ‘MENA Professionals’ Health and Eating Habits’ poll, April 2012), Ramadan could be the perfect time for you to balance your eating habits. How? By drinking plenty of water and eating smaller, but more frequent portions.

Exercising during Ramadan

Thanks to the Bayt.com ‘MENA Professionals’ Health and Eating Habits’ poll we found out that 80% of MENA professionals are able to squeeze some exercise time into their busy schedules. Are you one of them? If so, keep on moving! Exercising during Ramadan will help you stay fit and happy.

Keeping the remote control away

According to the Bayt.com ‘Rest and Recreation Habits Among MENA Professionals’ poll (January 2013), watching television is a common pastime, with eight out of 10 (78.3%) people in MENA watching between one to four hours of TV a day. Ramadan is a month of giving and good deeds.  Therefore, instead of spending hours staring at that flat screen in front of you, do something to benefit the world around you. Volunteering with orphans or even spending more time with your family are only few examples of time well-spent.

Avoiding online distractions at work

Online distractions at work are a bane to productivity. According to the Bayt.com ‘Rest and Recreation Habits Among MENA Professionals’ poll, 30.7% of polled respondents say that they spend more than five hours a day surfing the internet just for fun. Five hours represent the totality of the time you’ll be spending daily at work during Ramadan. So be sure Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the entire clique are something you do only on your off-work time, or during your prescribed ‘distraction’ periods.

Here they are, Bayt.com’s top ten tips for a stress-free, productive Ramadan:

  1. Have sincere intentions and work hard for a productive month.
  2. Plan each day of Ramadan the night before. Choose three important tasks you want to achieve the next day and record them in your to-do list.
  3. Start working on your most important tasks and get at least one or two done before noon.
  4. Don’t waste those two hours between Iftar and Taraweeh in front of the TV. Instead, use them for quiet reading, e-mailing, or any productive activity.
  5. Keep a list of goals for the week. When you set yourself goals, you’ll be geared towards maintaining them regardless of how hungry you are.
  6. At times when you feel particularly hungry or worn out, do routine tasks that don’t require much thinking, e.g. administrative tasks, cleaning, typing up information, tidying up your desk, etc.
  7. Try to be disciplined about your eating and sleeping habits when you are not fasting.  Don’t stay up late at night gorging yourself and watching TV.
  8. Your employer has a right on you–staying up all night and then falling asleep on the job the next day would violate these rights.
  9. Hydrate well during the night and at Suhour and after Iftar so that you do not get dehydrated on the job.  Severe dehydration can lead to people passing out on the job.
  10. Ask your employer if you can schedule more charitable work for your company during Ramadan.  Many companies allow employees a certain number of paid hours during which they can volunteer to help out their community.  Schedule yours during Ramadan for extra blessings.

With Ramadan just around the corner, most professionals will be rejoicing the advent of shorter workdays and a relaxed atmosphere at work. However, if you want to make sure none of your workdays during Ramadan are ‘taskless’ or unproductive, follow these tips to help you stay motivated and productive at all times.

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Reem Boudraa

Reem is a writer from Amman. A former PR Executive, Reem specializes in Marketing and Communications. In her free time, Reem reads and rescues animals. You can follow her on Twitter at @reemboudraa.

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  • fatima maddaoui

    Thanks a lot for these advice! I appreciate all what you do, thanks so much again. Fatima

  • alaa

    Many thanks for your tips, and Ramadan Mubarak to all.

  • Pie

    These are brilliant ideas. One must follow the basic values of these advices even when the Holy Month is over. All the advices are valid in our normal life. Thank you!

  • HINDU

    Thank you, and Ramadan Kareem!

  • Nicolás Díaz

    Very nice tips, and Ramadan Mubarak to all.

  • farook memon

    Thanks a lot and Ramadan Kareem.

  • jameel Ahmad Siddiqui

    Thanks for these valuable tips.

  • aqeel mehmood

    Thanks Bayt.com.

  • Sanket

    I’m sure it’ll be quite helpful.. I’m sharing it with friends on Facebook. :-) Sanket

  • Mohd Rashid Khan

    Thanks for a precious piece of information..and Ramadan Mubarak.

  • Mohammed Abdulkaleem

    Thanks for your tips and Ramadan Mubarak to all.

  • Saleh Karama

    Ramadan Mubarak to all. Thanks to BAYT.COM team for these valuable tips, I highly appreciate them.

  • Tausif

    Thanks Bayt. I really appreciate your concern towards Ramadan. I pray to GOD to have better productivity in my work towards my company in this holy month and on another side I wish to serve my duties honestly for Ramadan.

  • Imtiyaz

    Assalamalikum warahmatullah he barakath. Thanks a lot for your tips, may Allah (swt) give you good reward for this.
    and small Request to all the bayt member that please please do remember me in your dua’s for getting a good IT (Exp System Administrator or Network Administrator)job at gulf countries special at Saudi Arabia jazakallah khair…

  • Sk.Moin Basha

    Thanks for your great feedback Bayt. Ramadan Mubarak to all. Basha

  • Hassan

    Thanks for your tips. Ramadan Kareem.

  • Shamaila Zareen

    Very simple and organised notes from Bayt. Thanks and Ramadan Mubarak to entire team of Bayt.

  • Javed Hasan Shariff

    Ramadan Mubarak to the Bayt.com team and to all job seekers too. May Allah Almighty fulfill all our wishes and bless all of us.

  • HAFIZ MUHAMMAD FAISAL

    Assalamo Alaykum. Many thanks for these tips.

  • mynameiskhan

    Nice tips…Thank you! ^_^

  • Besim Dauti

    Ramadan Mubarak to all of you. I’m a Muslim from Kosova, and I’m really enjoying Ramadan.

  • marwan

    Thanks!

  • Abdool45

    Thank you for these sound advice. I wish you all a pious Ramadan.

  • Sherzod

    Ramadan Kareem!
    Please mention us in your Maghrib Dua’a! )

  • sameeer

    Thanks a lot. Sameer

  • Nourhan N. Beyrouti

    The blog post was a good one, however my only concern was that it mainly focused on employees of the company to strive harder for the organization. Where as the organization is just a static entity we have to pledge to.

    I believe as an employee yes we have an obligation however the organization has an obligation to create a productive environment. Employee engagement activities should increase at this holy month, keeping staff on the edge and keeping them engaged.

    Organizations should:

    Increase employee engagements with Daily Ramadan Trivia, Great Prizes. Let staff engage in Ramadan CSR efforts to increase productivity for communal outreach. Ramadan Bonus for staff who put in an extra mile during the month.

    Thanks, and Ramadan Mubarak!

  • LAWAL ADESOLA J

    Jazakum Allah kul khair.

  • LAWAL ADESOLA J

    May Allah reward you abundantly.

  • suleman ahmed

    Nice.

  • fatima maddaoui

    Bon Ramdhane.

  • RAMAZAN ORAL

    Thanks a lot for your tips. Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslim countries.

  • Steve

    We hired an employee who informed he was Muslim the day after Ramadan started, around 5 days after we’d hired him. The topic of his being a Muslim came up because he’d requested private access to our staff recreation area twice a day for prayer. We are of course completely fine with that and have accommodated his needs.

    However his work productivity has declined dramatically over the past ten days. We offered for him to start earlier so that he could finish earlier to which he agreed. However the first morning he got to the office at 6am he he’d inadvertently left the office key at home. Afterwards he explained he was not a “morning person” and that the early starts don’t suit him and felt the arrangement was unnecessary.

    However, as he is only eating before 6am and after 5, he is vague, irritable and forgetful all of which are most noticeable between the hours of 1 – 5pm.

    While I believe freedom of religion is a basic human right and do believe we must respect other’s beliefs and practices, it is difficult to accept that others in the department have to carry an employee who cannot adequately perform their duties as is outlined in his job specification.

  • http://blog.bayt.com/ Reem Boudraa

    Hi Steve! I totally agree with you. Ramadan should be a month of increased enthusiasm and motivation as much as it is a month of spirituality and fasting. Here’s a blog on how to manage employee productivity during Ramadan http://blog.bayt.com/2014/07/six-ways-to-boost-employee-productivity-during-ramadan/. I hope it helps!

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