DIY EARPHONE CABLE COVER+ DIY PHONE CASE ๐Ÿ“ฑย 

Hello โ€Žุงู„ุณู‘ู„ุงู… ุนู„ูŠูƒู… ูˆุฑุญู…ุช ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูˆ ุจุฑูƒุงุชู‡ 

Welcome back to my blog!


Instead of an original DIY idea, this time, we go with something that I’ve wanted to try out for a very very long time. I love yarns and what is made out of yarns but couldn’t get myself one until this week. So yes, here you go with a yarn-made Earphone cable cover.

Now, this is not something I came up with or ‘discovered’, no, it’s all over the internet and that’s how I kickstarted it.

There is always going to people who are going to read this, frown and ask,”Seriously? Couldn’t you just get yourself a cable protector?”. Yes. I could have. But that’s not the kind of person I am. If you have been following my blog for quite sometime, you probably know how much I love the idea of adding a ‘me’ touch to all my stuffs and having them personalised.โœŒ๐Ÿป

So let’s jump right in to make this tangle-free , customised , handmade, earphone cable covers!

For this, you need yarn of the colours of your choice and a pair of scissors.

First , you need to stabilise the earphones onto a surface using a piece of tape or maybe you could even plug the earphone on your phone to do so. 


Then cut out a piece of yarn of almost one meter length and then fold it equally into two halves. Tie a knot to the earphone cable end with the midpoint of the yarn. 


Now, you have the two long ends of the knot. So wind the right side yarn to the other side by taking it below the cable.


 Then, the left side yarn to the right side on top of the cable.


 You should have two loops on either side now. Insert the ends of the yarns through the opposite sided loops. 


And then pull the two sides to make it tight. 


Keep doing it throughout the length of the cable. Whenever the length of the yarn gets over, knot it and repeat with a new piece of yarn. 

 Let me warn you from my experience.This is easy but definitely NOT a quick DIY to do. I can’t lie, it took me hours together to get the final look. But, I’m so satisfied with how it turned out inspite of the time it took. Plus, I didn’t really waste that time, instead, for the most part, I was multi-tasking listening to some audios as I covered up the entire cable length.

Here you go! Lovely isn’t it?


DIY phone case

Next, I’m sharing with you a DIY phone case that I made out of a transparent case. I made this for a friend of mine and she absolutely loved the look. So here’s what I did. You need a transparent case like this, some paint and a toothbrush.


First of all, I painted the entire case black using the black acrylic paint. Let it dry completely.


Then, I dipped an old toothbrush in the golden coloured pearl acrylic paint and keeping the brush at a distance of like 5cm from the bottom of case, I ran my fingers through the bristles of thebrush to get a splash of this golden paint on the black case. Repeat this many times until you are satisfied with the design. Then I went on and painted a crown a little above the centre. Here’s the final look.


Adorable idea to recycle your phone cases, don’t you think so?โœจ
That is all I’ve got to share for this time. If you love more such DIY ideas, be sure to subscribe to my blog!
Check out my post on 2 Earphone holder DIY ideas if you haven’t already:

https://adilamkarol.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/2-diy-earphone-holder-ideas/

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I’ll see you guys very soon.

Bye.โค๏ธ

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STRANGERS๐Ÿ‘ฃ

Helloโ€Žุงู„ุณู‘ู„ุงู… ุนู„ูŠูƒู… ูˆุฑุญู…ุช ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูˆ ุจุฑูƒุงุชู‡ 

Welcome back!

I was successfully posting even during my exams. Now that everything is over, I’m hoping to continue with my blogging schedule with more enthusiasm.๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป

Since I did miss my Eid special post, I’m feeling the urge to do a post on a topic in Islam that I’ve wanted to pen about for a very long time.

If you’ve ever tried to practice Islam on strict note or even tried to adhere to some of its principles, you must’ve encountered some degree of strangeness from the people around you. Those looks SOME people give, the snare, sometimes it comes out of their mouths as nasty comments or sometimes it’s just that isolation they make you feel. Not everybody is like that. No. I’m not taking it negative. But I guess that’s so much true that nobody will agree to disagree completely . 


I’m drawing your attention to a hadith (narration from Prophet Muhammed(S)) where he beautifully congratulated ‘those’ who go through this. In an authentic narration by [Sahih Muslim :The Book of Faith (Kitab Al-Iman): Book 1 : Hadith 270], who said:

โ€Žยซ ุจุฏุฃ ุงู„ุฅุณู„ุงู… ุบุฑูŠุจู‹ุงุŒ ูˆุณูŠุนูˆุฏ ุบุฑูŠุจู‹ุง ูƒู…ุง ุจุฏุฃุŒ ููŽุทููˆุจูŠ ู„ู„ุบุฑุจุงุก ยป

Bada Al-Islamu ghariban wa sa ya-โ€˜udhu ghariban kama bada`aa fa tooba lil ghuraba

(Islam began as something strange and it will return strange as it began, so glad tidings for the strangers).

In the early days of Islam, people weren’t easily going to give up their idol worship and flock towards Islam. The transition wasn’t an easy one. Those who came to choose the truth were tried and tested. They were murdered. They were forced to flee from their homelands. But a couple of years later, Islam did manifest. Tables overturned. Power was on the side of Muslims. Islam spread far and wide over continents. There was a golden age for Islam too. But was this going to remain forever?

No. What is around us speaks for itself. Even in Muslim lands, how difficult is it to find a practicing muslim! How few are the people who stick to the teachings of The Prophet, contrary to the Arabic name they carry! Followers of the Prophet who was called ‘The trustworthy’ and ‘The honest’ even before he attained Prophethood, don’t we see them caught for cheat and robbery? How difficult is it for the Muslim parents to find a practicing spouse for their children? How ironic is it that the same people who say, ‘ There’s no God but Allah’ bow before those who claim divinity? Hasn’t Islam become Strange like Our beloved Prophet predicted? 

This is what is meant by’ Islam began as something strange and will return to strangeness’. Also take a note that I keep mentioning practicing Muslims whenever I’m referring to the so-called strangers. Strangeness isn’t going to be in terms of number. Islam is already the fastest growing religion across many countries. What we are going to terribly lack is people who stick to the beauty of the religion and it’s teachings. 

There’s no denial in the painful reality that those who religiously follow Islam are looked to with a frown on the forehead of muslims themselves. As long as you tend to camouflage between the gangs and groups around, the stare is going to last. You are going to be poked fun at. The gatherings you discard to protect your faith are going to be a subject of ridicule for you. Your beard and hijab are aways going to stick out. All kinds of accusations and stories are going to made up by haters. Young people at schools and colleges, men and women at workplaces, they are people who face this every single day of their life. But do you know what keeps them smiling and keep them going?

Well, the narration I mentioned earlier ends like this, ‘fa-tooba lil Ghuraba’. It means ‘tooba’ to the ones who undergo this strangeness. Tooba in Arabic is commonly translated as, glad tidings. It’s encompasses meanings, such as:

* Goodness and honour;

* A great tree in Paradise;

* Joy and happiness;

* The entire expanse of Paradise

Isn’t this going to be enough of a compensation for the ‘strangers’? 

And Ibn Al-Qayyim summarizes the meaning of the entire hadith as follows:

โ€ŽููŽู‡ููˆูŽ ุบูŽุฑููŠุจูŒ ูููŠ ุฃูู…ููˆุฑู ุฏูู†ู’ูŠูŽุงู‡ู ูˆูŽุขุฎูุฑูŽุชูู‡ู ู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฌูุฏู ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู’ุนูŽุงู…ูŽู‘ุฉู ู…ูุณูŽุงุนูุฏู‹ุง ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ู…ูุนููŠู†ู‹ุง ููŽู‡ููˆูŽ ุนูŽุงู„ูู…ูŒ ุจูŽูŠู’ู†ูŽ ุฌูู‡ูŽู‘ุงู„ู ุตูŽุงุญูุจู ุณูู†ูŽู‘ุฉู ุจูŽูŠู’ู†ูŽ ุฃูŽู‡ู’ู„ู ุจูุฏูŽุนู ุฏูŽุงุนู ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ูˆูŽุฑูŽุณููˆู„ูู‡ู ุจูŽูŠู’ู†ูŽ ุฏูุนูŽุงุฉู ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู’ุฃูŽู‡ู’ูˆูŽุงุกู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ุจูุฏูŽุนู ุขู…ูุฑูŒ ุจูุงู„ู’ู…ูŽุนู’ุฑููˆูู ู†ูŽุงู‡ู ุนูŽู†ู ุงู„ู’ู…ูู†ู’ูƒูŽุฑู ุจูŽูŠู’ู†ูŽ ู‚ูŽูˆู’ู…ู ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽุนู’ุฑููˆูู ู„ูŽุฏูŽูŠู’ู‡ูู…ู’ ู…ูู†ู’ูƒูŽุฑูŒ ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ู…ูู†ู’ูƒูŽุฑู ู…ูŽุนู’ุฑููˆููŒ

He is strange in the affairs of his world and his Hereafter. He will not find support or cooperation from the masses of people, for he is a scholar among the ignorant, a companion of the Sunnah among the people of innovation, a caller to Allah and His Messenger among those who call to desires and innovations, commanding good and forbidding evil among people who view good as evil and evil as good.

[Source: Madฤrij al-Sฤlikฤซn 3/189]

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, ุตู„ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุขู„ู‡ ูˆุณู„ู… said, 

โ€œWe are now in this day. Blessed are the strangers.โ€ It was said, โ€œOh Messenger of Allah, who are the strangers?โ€ The Prophet said, โ€œRighteous people among many evil people. Those who disobey them are greater in number than those who obey them.โ€ 

(Musnad Ahmad – 6612)

Every one of you who undergoes some degree of alienation and condescending looks because of the love for their religion, Congratulations!

You are not missing out on anything. You are not being the jerk. You’re already of those who have received the congratulations of The Prophet Muhammed( May the peace and blessings of Allah be Upon Him). 

I’m clearly not going against all other people. There’s always been very supportive people from other communities. There’s so much beauty in the idea of living in harmony with each other and respecting each one’s beliefs keeping those differences aside. 

What I want to tell myself and my fellow readers who are ‘strangers’, is to NOT develop too much of an attachment to this world. In this foreign land, we are just strangers longing to go back home. Yes. You must work so hard, freaking exhaust all the resources available at hand , excel and become Number 1 here but at the same time earn your plot in the gardens of Jannah- because we’re all going to die someday.  


Ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

โ€Žูƒูู†ู’ ูููŠ ุงู„ุฏูู‘ู†ู’ูŠูŽุง ูƒูŽุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ูƒูŽ ุบูŽุฑููŠุจูŒ ุฃูŽูˆู’ ุนูŽุงุจูุฑู ุณูŽุจููŠู„ู

Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveler along a path.

[Source: แนขaแธฅฤซแธฅ al-Bukhฤrฤซ 6053]

I also wish to start a new series describing details of Paradise with evidences from the Quran and Sunnah. I hope you benefit from the message I was trying to get across. ุฌุฒุงูƒ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุงู„ุฎูŠุฑ 

I’ll see you in my next post.

Bye.โค๏ธ

2 DIY Earphone Holder Ideas!

โ€Žุงู„ุณู‘ู„ุงู… ุนู„ูŠูƒู… ูˆุฑุญู…ุช ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูˆ ุจุฑูƒุงุชู‡ Hello! 

Welcome back!


It feels so long since I did a DIY idea post on my blog. And yeah! It’s a different thing to be able to make something on your own even when you know you’ll be able to get that in your local store. Isn’t it? 

I’m halfway through my exams, theory done and practicals to go from tomorrow onwards. And when that is over, you’ll get to see more interesting posts!๐Ÿ˜‰

This time I’m back with 2 ideas for making DIY Earphone holders. I have badly felt the need to own one because I find it so frustrating when I find my earphone to be super-tangled, especially in public. So here are two ideas to make one for yourself!
IDEA 1โœจ

You’ll need:

foam paper of desired colour

Scissor

Glue gun or any other strongly adhesive glue

Pen/pencil

Velcro or a press button

Scale


Steps:
1. Cut out a rectangle of 12cm*7cm on the foam sheet. Then fold it into half on the longer side because you want it to stay sturdy. Also 2 small strips of 3cm*1cm and 8cm*1cm. 

2. Then glue the two inner sides together sandwiching a part of the straps between the two sides. To add a finishing look, using a bottle cap as your guide, curve the edges.

Then make a 1cm*0.5cm cut on the both the longer sides. This is the gap to tuck in the earphone as you begin to wind it.


3. Now ,according to the size of the strap end add a piece of velcro to it for adhesiveness. I glued my velcro to it. You could also add a press button as an alternative.



And there! You have it! Wind your earbuds around it and you’re good to go! ๐Ÿ’™


IDEA 2โœจ

You’ll need: 

Foam sheets or a thick fabric

Glue gun or adhesive glue

Scissor

Steps:

1. On the foam sheet or cloth, cut out 2 circles of 3.5cm radius. Then, cut out a strip of 3cm*1cm.

2. Fold one circle into half and cut out a small portion of its centre in the middle without including its ends. (The picture might help=P)



3. Fold the rectangular strip into half and glue it to the inner side of the circle at the edge like in the picture. Then glue the two circles together at their edges.



Ta-daa! The loop on it is totally optional. You’ll need that if you are going to attach this to your keyring or bagpack zipper. Now, wind your earphones in it and carry these tangle-free earphones on your go!

Here’s some more of what it looks life. 



Yes! I’m done! That’s all for this weeks post:D Let me know if you’ve any suggestions or any other ideas to keep your earphones tangle-free! 

Until next time,
Bye!๐Ÿ’•

LESS TALKING. MORE WALKING.๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธย 

โ€Žุงู„ุณู‘ู„ุงู… ุนู„ูŠูƒู… ูˆุฑุญู…ุช ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูˆ ุจุฑูƒุงุชู‡ 
Hello and welcome back once again!

This keeps happening over and over in my life. I should be doing something else but I freaking badly want to do something that is exactly the opposite. Like now. I am appearing for my sessional exams starting from tomorrow and guess what? I feel so compelled to make this post on an idea that struck my head this morning. So much compelled that I can’t just do without having it done.

So I decided to look at this with my ‘optimism’ pair of glasses. I decided that I would allow myself to make this post if I could study upto a certain portion that I set as a standard. Otherwise, I said to myself ,’No, you can’t, Adila.’ ๐Ÿ˜›

Do you remember me telling you in my last article on how you can motivate yourself to study by setting rewards for yourself (like I was doing here)? And then lemme tell you, this served me a boon because it set me hustling harder than before! Yay!โ˜บ๏ธ

Whenever I am preparing to face a challenge, I have a set of go-to’s for motivation. Sometimes it is an inspirational lecture by somebody I adore, sometimes quotes or pictures or whatever. For the next two weeks of my exams, it is the following quote that I came across on my tumbler feed. Every time I read it, it leaves wanting to do so much more in life.โœจ


I have also read something which falls along the same lines a few months ago. You can say anything about yourself but that doesn’t mean you are doing it. To be SOMEBODY, you got to stand up and DO it, not just talk, tweet or post about it. Talking about something is not the same as doing it. You can say that you are smart, but that doesn’t make an ounce of a difference if you don’t prove it. You can claim to some one who is very patient and understanding, but time reveals you no matter whatever you SAY. That doesn’t help. 

Why shout out your plans to the world if you can do it anyway? Don’t just say things to have people roll their eyes at you. Haven’t you heard them say enough times that ‘Actions speak louder than words’?๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

You could convince people of the kind of the person you are Online. You could keep telling your boss that you are such an honest and hardworking employee. You could tell your parents that you are going make their dreams come true. But hey wait! Why say this when you can DO it?๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

This was something new I learnt over the course of time. This idea struck me hard. I was always the kind of person who would tell people what I’m going to do and how I’m planning things out. I now realise that it serves no good. Instead, I’ve got to SHOW progress and CONTINUE to show progress.๐Ÿ’ฏ

Like I told you already, the quote in the picture set me on fire๐Ÿ”ฅ . I’m obsessed with it. That’s why I wrote it down and stuck it over my study area.๐Ÿ“š

It makes so much sense. Doesn’t it? Let me know of what you feel about it!

That’s is all I wanted to share. I think this should go without a saying but let me tell you anyway, Keep me in your prayers because I’m going to face my EXAMS.๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Till I’m back, keep spreading positivity. Beat procrastination. And like Nike says, JUST DO IT.โœ”๏ธ

 Bye.โ™ฅ๏ธ

MOTIVATION TO ACE EXAMS!๐Ÿ“šโœจ

โ€Žุงู„ุณู‘ู„ุงู… ุนู„ูŠูƒู… ูˆุฑุญู…ุช ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูˆ ุจุฑูƒุงุชู‡ 

Hello!

And welcome back to my channel!โ›„๏ธ

First of all, apologies for such a long delay in posting. The past two weeks have been a little chaotic for me and thus the late post. And like I always tell , blogging isn’t all, our families need our time, we’ve new people to meet, weddings to attend and some serious studies to get done. Don’t you agree?

I’ve been wanting to share something else here but like anybody else, I was finding myself facing a dip in motivation. I can’t sit back let time heal my lack of motivation this time, because exams are just a couple of days away. So, I have been hunting for study motivation at every possible place imaginable. So I decided to pen about how I pump my study motivation so that BOTH of us are motivated!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

I’ve done a few study related posts on my blog some time ago. And I had people tell me how they find such posts inspiring and how they reread the same posts every time they are preparing to face a test. That boosts up my confidence and leaves my so happy. So that is why you see more of such posts- in case you are wondering!:)

So all stories aside- let’s jump right in!

1. Think of WHY you are studying! ๐Ÿ’ญ

I have done this countless number of times. I sit down with a blank paper in front of me and visualise what I can achieve by studying hard. Sometimes, it’s because I want to be like someone I know whom I adore for their profession, or sometimes I just want to prove some people wrong, get admission to a particular college or make my parents proud or something like that. Sometimes I paste that paper in my journal or on my vision board or sometimes just throw away. Whatever it is, the idea was to remind ourselves of the purpose to study. Checkout my journal or vision board setting ideas also if you are interested!

2. Hunt inspiration!โš“๏ธ

I subscribe to a few Youtube channels that I find absolutely motivational for studying, some bloggers, Tumblr and Pinterest boards. Sometimes just the way some people organise their study area and stationary itself pushes you to action. Check out my inspiration  and Study motivation board on Pinterest here- if you are interested!


3. Gadgets made study friendly!๐Ÿ“ฑ

This is a tip I came across on a Youtube video long ago. The tip is to make your phone and laptop wallpaper of some study motivational quote or even a some scene that sets your mood to study. This way, every time you try to unlock your phone, you are subconsciously reminded to study.


4. Study timetable and everyday goals!๐Ÿ“†

Like I mentioned in my post on setting a study schedule, life gets so much rewarding if you have everyday goals. There a sense of accomplishment that leaves wanting to study the next day too. 

5. Start with the smallest bites!๐Ÿ“•

I’ve heard people say that you should study the harder chapters first and then the smaller. But I disagree. I find things so much easier when I do the small, interesting chapters first and then once I’m done with these as quick as possible I’ve my own sweet time to munch down the harder chapters, plus I can fully focus on that without any worry or distraction. This also makes you feel like C’MON YOU CAN DO THIS!

6. Reward yourself!๐ŸŽ

The study schedule I mentioned requires you to break down complex concepts into small portions so that you hit them everyday. So set small rewards for yourself if you accomplish them each day. Maybe it’s like ,a pizza for 2 chapters or use phone for 30 min or something you are looking forward to. 

7. Get set, GO!โœจ

If you are so drained of any motivation, clean up your surroundings, your study desk, arrange all the books you’ll need to go through ,get all the stationary and set the space. Maybe , you’ll also want to take a good bath and jump into some comfortable clothes before you sit down. Also stack a water bottle and some snacks you’ll need along.

I guess that’s all I’ve got for this time. Share in the comments below if you have a motivational tip that I have missed out!

Check out my other posts on study motivation!
๐Ÿ“ƒHow to make a study planner!

https://adilamkarol.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/how-to-plan-for-exams-that-are-a-month-away๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ฏ/

๐Ÿ“ƒThe never told how to’s of studying

https://adilamkarol.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/the-never-told-how-tos-of-studying-๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค“/

And yeah! I’ve recently taken some time off and cleared up my Pinterest account. Follow me on Pinterest here!๐ŸŽฏ

GO CRACK THIS EXAM!๐Ÿ’ฏ

I’ll see you in my next post!๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

Bye!๐Ÿ’Œ

Productivity tip#2 + DIY VISION BOARD ๐Ÿ“‹

โ€Žุงู„ุณู‘ู„ุงู… ุนู„ูŠูƒู… ูˆุฑุญู…ุช ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูˆ ุจุฑูƒุงุชู‡ 
Hello!

Welcome back!

More than half of the 2017 is bygone and I’m feeling like I can’t relax- there’s so much more I’ve to get done by the time a new year sets in. Plus, all I can foresee is challenges, exams and more exams, work and hustle for the rest of the year. So, can you see why I think I should be embracing more productivity as each day ticks by? Yes, let me share another productivity tip for the time being. And that is….
Set your focus for every single day. Whaat? I know you’re hearing this for the hundred and tenth time probably. But that’s not what I mean. 

The action plan I’m suggesting you is to wake up every morning (or even the night before) and jot down 3 important tasks you are going to get accomplished that day. Place a pile of stick notes on your bed side table or work area and pull a note every day. If you’ve never spared a thought on your long term goals and you do not know what you want to achieve- setting this right is Step number ONE. Then think of top 3 things you can get done in the day. It does not have to be goals like ‘Finish reading a 300 page book’ or ‘hit the gym for one and half hour’. It could be simple and minimal steps you can possibly take towards your bigger dreams. Let me paint this to you with instances, if you are a blogger , your one day goal could be ‘ read and comment on 6 blog posts’. Or if you are a student ,’Read 2 chapters of Pharmacology’. Or something like ‘Deep clean every drawer’, ‘Help mom cook’, ‘smile at every person I meet today’, ‘try not to get angry’. Or if you are just a lazy bum, ‘watch 2 motivational videos’. Could be anything and anything. But in the right direction. That’s all that matters in the end.

Not just one. Three. Find 3 goals every single day. Jot them down. Paste these sticky notes on a spot you cannot possibly miss a look on.


This helps you to wake up to a purpose. And wake up with determination. Trust me! Once you start executing this seemingly well, you’ll feel one step closer to a Productivity Guru. So cheers!
DIY VISION BOARD๐Ÿ“‹
This should be the most appropriate blog post to share this motivation hack. I’ve seen several people use one but didn’t really feel like I need one until I read chapter 16 (Have Visions) of Lilly Singh’s book. For a lil’ bit of an introduction, a Vision board is a board, a cardboard or chalkboard or any kind of surface where you can paste images and ideas of whatever you want achieve in life and any motivation you might need on the way. Why? You may ask. In the shortest possible way, Lilly answers this like this:

First of all, a vision board gives you clarity about what your goals are. Secondly, a vision board helps you be self aware of how you define your success. Thirdly, a vision board allows you to be constantly reminded of what you want to be in life.

Now, imagine, it is your vision to be the CEO of a company in future. So, you put a picture of the CEO’s desk on your vision board. Now, if you are taking a test on Business studies tomorrow and it’s already 11:30 and the bed seems to be the most amazing place you could ever be on the face of this earth, one LOOK at the vision board might set you right! I’m not telling that this might work for every one of us, but it can definitely help so many.

I made myself a small sized vision board because I didn’t want a big billboard kind of thing to sit straight above my study area. This is how I made one:

I used cardboard to cut out a hexagon with each side measuring 11.5 centimetres. Then I covered it up with a cloth. Since it was easy damage-able, I then covered it with a saran wrap. Thick Tapestry with interesting patterns are best. Paste this somewhere you’ll see often and be reminded of your goals. 



I think that’s all I’ve got to share for this week’s post. Now, take a moment and breathe in and out, think of all the things you ever wish to be, run and make a vision board!


Check out my Productivity tip#1 if you already haven’t done so๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
https://adilamkarol.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/productivity-booster-tip1-๐Ÿ†/

If you are confused on how to go about with long term goals, check out my earlier post๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

https://adilamkarol.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/why-you-should-believe-in-routines-โฐ/

May you have a productive week ahead!
#stayProductiveโœจ

I’ll see you in my next post!
Bye๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

HOW TO PLAN FOR EXAMS THAT ARE A MONTH AWAY๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ฏ

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Hello!

Welcome back to my blog!๐Ÿ–Š

This is the first time,I can possibly remember that I’m actually preparing for my exams this early. Wow! I feel proud of myself:D I’m the ‘last-minute’ die-hard kind of person when it comes to exams. I have kind-of made it all along, but this semester I’ve been extra casual than usual, plus, I can foresee some things that can steal away my time when exams are nearing and so I’m already preparing for it! 

So, this is going to be a post on how you can plan for an exam which is more than 2 weeks away. If exams are in less than two weeks, these strategies might not work. This is for people who are planning to be early birds (at least for the FIRST time in their life) this time and have their own sweet time. So,let’s get started!

First, I’m going to show you how I make a planner for my exams. This time, my exam is scheduled for the last two weeks of August. The planner I’m about to show you is for my study plan for only this month. The preparation in the last two weeks should get more hectic. Obviously.

Before I even begin to study, I need to declutter the space that I’m going to use as a study area. I like being consistent with the same place. It could be different for different people. I’m that kind of person that cannot think properly or focus when my surroundings are a mess. So I set up the study area and bring in all the stationaries I’ll need along.

Now I write down all subjects I need to cover to crack the exams. Then, make a list of topics you’ve got to do or open the index of the textbook and underline or highlight those chapters. First step- CHECK! Now, you’re aware of the height of the mountain you’ve got to climb over.


Take five minutes to think of the duration you’ll need to spend on each chapter. Also, stop by to think any days in the month you’ll not be able to study( a wedding coming up, any other appointments) and also days you’ll badly need a break. Draw out a table for the month (cross off all the ‘break’ and ‘can’t-study’ days) like below. This is your ‘Planner skeleton’. You don’t have to make it this funky:P 



Now take small chunks of your topics and serve them all across the days to come in your planner. I suggest you give ‘as much time as possible’ for each topic. This helps when in case you are not able to finish a topic before the deadline, you still have time to go. For keeping that motivation ignited;)

I usually mix and match and then put some interesting topics in the midst of the those that I detest the most. Beginning well beforehand should make sure that you don’t skip any chapters intentionally or even unintentionally.

Review this planner once again to see if everything is ‘do-able’.


Bonus: Write a motivational quote beneath the planner. Hang the planner in a place around your study area so that you keep seeing it.


I usually circle that date off this planner if I was able to accomplish my to-do for the day. Honestly, this ‘circling’ thing at the end of the day is something that I look foreword to. It’s super-satisfying!

I must say this. I may not be able to finish the portions within the deadline. It happens. Most of the time, in fact. But I believe, that’s totally okay. And then I don’t linger around the same topic anymore, I move on to what comes in the schedule next. I teach myself ‘Stop worrying about what’s left behind, instead focus on what’s ahead of you’. 

For me, it works out with just writing the chapter headings on this planner. In case I want a more detailed division of topics- that goes in my daily planner which I mentioned in this post few months ago. Experiment and find out what’s comfortable for you!

Make notes wherever you need them -highlight, underline, ask questions, google it out and adopt the type of method in which you enjoy studying. 

Wait. What did I just say? Enjoy? Yes. 

It is not everyday that I feel inspired to study. Like they say, ‘Even Santa has bad days’. But I train myself not to sit back idly. I remind myself that I need to pump inspiration, especially when exams are round the corner. There are a few youtube channels I am hooked onto for study motivation purposes, few Pinterest boards and also some books. I go through those pictures and books, highlight those lines that drive me into action and I’m usually set.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

I’m clearly NOT a ‘Study Guru’ myself. All I’m doing is sharing my way of doing it. Share in the comments below if you’ve a different technique or idea.

I’m not sure,but I am hoping to do some more study related posts on my blog before my exams. There are tons of ways to study a concept. This is what works for me. But you could always try it out. 

Happy stuDYING:D๐Ÿ“š

I’ll see you in my next post!

Bye! ๐Ÿ’Œ

Inexpensive storage ideas๐ŸŽ


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Hey!

Welcome back:D

And this time I really mean it. Ramadan is over, Eid is done and now I’m back with my blog life. Yay!

By the time Eid was over, it was time for a cupboard clean out. It was such a mess and decided to do a deep cleaning 2 days ago. If you have been following my blog for some time, you probably know that I don’t see every junk as ‘junk’. I do not throw anything unless I feel it has no potential to be recycled in the form of a DIY craft. So you pretty much already have an idea what must be there in DIY-able stuff collection(if that makes sense). Yes, ‘fortunately’ I had collected a lot of useful junk in a huge cover at the end of the whole clean out session. Whew!

So I decided to make my comeback with a post on how to recycle a few things that you consider absolute junk! 

Let’s get started! 

First I am making the soap dish with the thermocole apple tray. I wasn’t planning to keep the tray so I broke it into two when this idea struck my head. My roomie had asked me to make some DIY dish to keep one of the dishwasher scrubs. So this is what it turned out to be.

1. Break the apple tray into 2 halves and superimpose them. Glue the bottom of one tray onto the other.

2. To make it look a little prettier, I cut out a square out of thick paper and stuck it in the centre. Done.


Place your soap or anything you wish to store in a small dish on it and that’s it. Here’s how it looked!


So there you have, totally inexpensive yet useful!

Next, I am making a pot out of youghurt cup. I have been looking for a pot for planting a small plant for the purpose of room decor. I love the idea of indoor plants and I wanted to place one on my window sill. So this is how I made a beautiful pot for a tiny succulent( I don’t know the plant name).

1. You need a yoghurt cup of a desirable size.

2. Paint the cup or cover it with washi tapes or laces. I wanted a ‘posh’ kind of look and so I painted the cup with the Fabrica pearl copper metallic paint. These paints are amazing and they are available on amazon. I’m sure you’ll like the colour on the pot!

3. Then with a pin I made a hole at the bottom of the pot for draining purposes. The alternative draining method is to lay down pebbles at the bottom of the pot. I went on with the hole. In case you are using a plant that needs a lot of watering, you need to place something like a flat plate at the bottom to make up for any leaking. I used the top of a Pringles bottle though in case of my plant it wasn’t necessary.


OMG! That looks Bomb! Doesn’t it? 

If you don’t have green fingers and can’t think of planting something on your own, maybe you could plant a fake plant. That would still be beautiful! Maybe, in a future post, I would love to show you how to make fake flowers too!

Next I’m making a DIY washi tape dispenser. You’ll need a small sized carton with the width of a popsicle stick, 3-4 popsicle sticks and some craft paper.

1. Cut open the box to obtain a box with its one side completely open and with a depth of the things you are planning to store in it. 


2. Cover up the box with some craft paper.


3. Place the popsicle sticks with spaces apart and once this is set, with scissors make a few slots on either side to hold the popsicle sticks in place.

4. Place the washi tapes, ribbons or anything you wish to store within the holder. Maybe you could also make one using toothpicks for holding your rings too;)


Just look at that! Completely inexpensive! Now I don’t need to look around for all my washi tapes whenever I need them. They are just perfectly displayed๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

Finally, I have a book holder for study table top. All you need is 2 cereal boxes, some craft paper and some glue.

1. Place the cereal boxes vertically one in front if the other. 

2. Cut down one cereal box to half of its size. The other to a little less than that.


3. Place the smaller box in front and glue them together.

4. Cover them up completely in craft paper. I did cover up the imperfect borders with some matching washi tapes. I also wrote the words ‘#HUSTLEHARD’ over the front portion of this amazing book stand.


Beautiful & at the same time useful! I’m loving it. I use it to store my daily planner(that I spoke of in this post) and the book I’m currently reading!โœŒ๐Ÿป

I hope you enjoyed this post. These were fun to make and also things that can be put to use some way or the other. Hopefully, this gave you some idea that not everything you toss into the waste bin is really a waste. I’m also planning to do a part-2 to this post in some time. Try out some of these and let me know in the comments below.

Happy DIY-ing!๐ŸŽ

See you in my next post very soon!

Bye!๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

What and when is lailathul qadr?๐ŸŒƒ

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Hello everyone!โœจ

More than half of this blessed month has gone by and I hope you are not drained of all energy. No! It’s still not yet time to relax. Instead roll up your sleeves and hit harder in the next ten days. We cannot take full benefit of something if we have no idea of it’s importance. So, I thought of writing something that can serve as a booster dose for all of us. ุงู† ุดุงุก ุงู„ู„ู‡

Beginning with what is laylathul qadr, ‘Layl’ in Arabic is night and ‘qadr’ is decree- it is the night of decree. This was the night in which the Qur’an was revealed. This night happens in one of the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, like the 21st, 23rd, 25th,27th or the 29th. We are not given knowledge of which day exactly it falls, so we expect it on all the last ten days, to make sure we catch it. The worth of the night is that if you happen to stay up and catch that particular night ,the reward of it is equivalent to engaging in worship for a span of 1000 months consecutively i.e, 83 years and 4 months. Is it even possible to do worship for such a duration during our lifetime? No. So, This is a huge gift from Allah azza wa jal which we CANNOT afford to miss out.

There’s a chapter in the Quran that is named after this night, called The chapter of Qadr. Allah azza wa jal says in it,

1. Verily! We have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree)

2. And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is?

3. The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).

4. Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibrael (Gabriel)] by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees,

5. Peace! (All that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn.

A little bit more about this night. Aisha (R) reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. [Bukhari]. One of the signs of Laylat al-Qadr is that the sun rises on the following morning with no visible rays. This is a night Allah has honoured and thus, we must honour it by engaging in a lot of worship and devotion. It is would be a great loss and a sin to not do so.

It’s okay if you couldn’t accomplish all that you wanted to in the first part of Ramadan. It happens to the best of us. I hope the following comments by scholars would do the job of motivation!

Ibn al-Jawzi said: “When the race horse knows that it is nearing the end of the track it exerts all of its effort to win the race. Do not allow the race horse to be more clever than you. For verily, deeds are judged by their conclusions. So if you didn’t do well with welcoming Ramadan then perhaps you will do better bidding it farewell.”
Ibn Taymiyyah said: “The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it.”

Hasan al-Basri said: “Improve your performance in what is left (of time) and you will be forgiven for that which has already passed. So take special care of the time you have left because you do not know when your soul will be turned over to Allahโ€™s Mercy.”

To-do’s for the next 10 days!

1. Recite as much Quran as possible. This was the night Allah decided to sent down the Qur’an- recite it, walk through its meaning and revive it.

2. This is the dua’ we should be making most often in these nights.

โ€ŽุงูŽู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ูู…ูŽู‘ ุงูู†ูŽู‘ูƒูŽ ุนูŽูููˆูŒู‘ ุŒ ุชูุญูุจูู‘ ุงู„ู’ุนูŽูู’ูˆูŽ ููŽุงุนู’ูู ุนูŽู†ูู‘ูŠ

Aisha (R) reported: I asked: โ€œO Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?โ€ He

replied, โ€œYou should supplicate: Allahumma innaka โ€˜afuwwun, tuhibbul-โ€˜afwa, faโ€™fu โ€˜anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me)”. [ Tirmidhi]

The word ‘afu’ does not exactly mean forgiveness. It means something close to pardon- that is not only to forgive but to overlook and erase that sin from the records- like the one who never did that sin. WOW! What better thing could we ask on such a night.

3. Remain in I’tikaf! Just take a break off from all that extra things you’re doing and use that time to remain in the place most beloved to Allah-the mosques. Stay there as much as possible and engage in worship. This helps you hook off all distractions and focus better.

4. Dua book! Don’t sit down to make dua and find yourself scratching your head not remembering what to ask Allah for. Make yourself a list of things to pray for if you don’t have one already! Also, don’t get selfish in your prayers ,remember all near and dear ones around the world in your prayers(Also, include me)!

5. Find for yourself a spot away from distractions and hustle- be it in a masjid or your home. Make it comfortable for your worship with a good smelling prayer mat. Fill a waterbottle and some snacks at this spot. Don’t let laziness and sleep overtake you. Take a power nap in between if you feel you need one.

6. Stand up for prayer during the depths of the night! Abu Hurayrah (R) relates that the Prophet said: โ€œWhoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. And whoever spends the night of Lailat Al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.โ€ [Nasa’i]. It’s okay to sacrifice some of your sleep on these nights- we have the other 355 days left! Sleep but also save up some time for the night prayers.

So, to miss out on this great opportunity, we should strive in worship during all of the last ten nights, praying, reading Qurโ€™aan, making duโ€™aaโ€™ and other kinds of good deeds to catch this night. Every deed on that night is like doing it for 83 years and more-don’t forget!

Implement whatever tips and tricks that work best for you to the best of your abilities. Also, share the message!

May Allah azza wa jal make us of those who are able to catch this blessed night and may He cause us to enter the highest levels of Jannah!

Ameeen!

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