MOTIVATION TO ACE EXAMS!๐Ÿ“šโœจ

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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“‹

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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!

๐Ÿ’Œ

Ramadan Mode ONโœจ


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

Hello and welcome!

This is going to be a little different from the kind of posts I make. What I mean is that this is all random. All I am planning to do today is blabber some things that is in my mind right now:|

First and foremost, thank you to all those of you who encourage me to continue blogging. Honestly, there are days when I feel I should stop doing this. I feel like ‘maybe this is not my thing’. But then there’s a notification where one of you leaves me a comment that makes my day. It leaves me so happy to know that I have been able to inspire you to some sort of good. Each one of you who engage in my blog life, both my fellow bloggers and friends – Thank you! You are a BIG part of my energy source! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Also, it is quite a challenge for me to balance my blog life. Being halfway through my medschool, this is clearly not my priority. It’s for me to act like a boss, and schedule time for my college studies, to pursue my religious education , find time for my family and bloglife. This is why I don’t have plans of being a daily blogger any time soon. Nor do I want to take blogging as a pressure on me. I blog because writing is my passion and that’s it. But I do my best to blog on a weekly basis on topics I’m most passionate about:)

The month of Ramadan is at the doorstep. Let me tell you a little about this, because I know a huge part of my readership is people from a lot of other faiths. This is celebration time for all the muslims around. It is not hunger or thirst we experience, rather it is a feeling of accomplishment that is felt as each fast is completed. This is when we feel like we are truly serving the purpose for which we were created, to worship the ONE and only God, is fulfilled. This is the month of enormous blessings. The Qur’an was revealed in this month. We believe, the reward of every good deed is so many times multiplied than the other eleven months, which is why, people are extra charitable, more patient and so on during this month. And the last ten days of it is so much more special in terms of reward. At the end of the whole one month of sincere devotion and worship, we mark it’s end with a festival ,the Eid- all in order to share the joy of how much closer each one got with their Creator through their worship. โœจ

And then, excuse me, I’m taking a break. At present, I have no plans of blogging for the next one month. Nothing in particular, just that there’s so much Ramadan to-do’s on my list right now. But then I felt like I should do a Ramadan motivation post for the last ten special days of Ramadan. So, I came up with the following solution. I am planning to write a post on ‘tips for maximising worship in the last ten days’ now and I would post it on the 21st eve probably. That way, I can save myself some time in Ramadan! And who knows? Maybe I might reblog something useful or post an image or so. No idea:/ As of now, the regular weekly posts are going to be on a pause. And if Allah wills, I will get back to my weekly blogging schedule soon after Ramadan ุงู† ุดุงุก ุงู„ู„ู‡.

I had recently shifted my apartment and I wish to share with you some Room Decor ideas. I am also expecting my sessional exams soon after Ramadan. So basically, I have a lot of exciting DIYs, study tips, book reviews and many more things planned for you all and I can’t wait to share them with you. All those who requested me for different posts, I haven’t forgotten, I’ll do them, I promise!

Also comment below if you have any blog post request for me. I would love to write what you would love to read!โค๏ธ

Keep me in your prayers!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Have a productive Ramadan!๐ŸŒ™

Thank you once again!๐Ÿ’

PREP UP FOR RAMADAN๐ŸŒ™โœจ

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Hello & warm welcome once again!

With Ramadan less than 2 weeks ahead, I cannot think of anything better than sharing with you some tips and tricks to go an extra mile this Ramadan and make the MOST of it. Oye,I have no magic to tell you. But personally, these are some tips that helped me sail through the past two Ramadans and hit Eid with a sense of satisfaction. 
And if you are thinking ‘Nah, Isn’t it too early to prep up for Ramadan?’, No, we are way behind. But don’t lose hope, better late than never. 

Now imagine a valley full of gold and you are told to take from it as much as you can. Which of the three types of people are you?

1. The type that will just not care and move on thus taking nothing, or

2. The type that will fill up their pockets and leave, or

3. The type that will bring trucks after trucks taking truckloads until itโ€™s over.

Itโ€™s clear, without a doubt that all of us will be of the third type. However, the month of Ramadan is greater than a valley full of gold but yet you will find the majority of the people simply not interested and will leave empty handed. This is an interesting analogy that I read somewhere last Ramadan:)

Start preparing for Ramadan before it sets in, make to-do lists, clean up your spaces for worship and cleanse your heart. Purify your intentions, seek the reward only from Allah and then ุงู† ุดุงุก ุงู„ู„ู‡ (if Allah wills) you will find time for everything you thought you wouldn’t. 

I am not going to give you an exhaustive list of to-do’s. Plus you don’t have to stick to every single step. Pick up those you feel are ‘the’ ones for you and work them up.

So, yeah, roll up your sleeves and let’s get started!

1. Before speaking of anything that adds up to your productivity, first let’s address any issue that costs you distractions. Delete those useless games off your phone, stop watching those Youtube videos for entertainment and everything else not worth getting into your Ramadan schedule. Maybe it’s nothing haram, still, keep it outside Ramadan if its not clearly not necessary. So No.1 – ward off distractions!

2. Set Quran memorisation goals for the month. Maybe you have never done one. Or maybe you feel you are too old for it. Or your memory isn’t good enough. Stop. Stop making yourself believe this nonsense. You never know what wonders you can do unless you fail at least ten times. You don’t have to compete with anybody. You don’t even have to tell anyone. Pick up a surah you feel you can complete in 30 days. Download a good slow recitation and listen to it a minimum of 15 times. If you confused where and how to begin ,check out my post on How to memorise Quran . Trust me, nothing is going to stand in comparison to the happiness you’ll feel at the end of the month. You may ask why this is so important, it’s because Allah introduces this month in the Quran as,  “Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgment (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong)..” (Q 2:183)

3. Learn 20 duas by the end of the month. We all have those mini sized books quoting all duas. Duas are to be in our hearts and not papers. If you don’t have one, download the Fortress of a Muslim and kick a start. C’mon. This isn’t hard. 20 duas in 30 days.

4. Make it the month of Ramadan. Try to build an incredible connection with the Qur’an this month. Choose a surah, maybe it’s the same one you are memorising or some other- doesn’t matter. Learn the meaning of it. Find an authentic tafsir online or buy one and read it over and over this month. If you have no idea what I’m telling you, start reading from Tafsir Ibn Kathir. Let it penetrate your heart so much that every time you think of Ramadan 2017, you have happy memories of that surah. Go out of your way to internalize it. If you feel you are going to see a dip in motivation to move further a little later, Buddy up! Find a Friend who hold a similar interest and hook up. That way, you can encourage each other. Go find one!

5. Find a small sized notebook to list down all things you wish to make dua for this Ramadan. Let it run from teeny weeny things like asking Allah to make you brave to big things like refuge from the hellfire. One side of the book be for this list in English and one side for Arabic duas from the Qur’an and sunnah. I made myself one like 2 years ago and it still helps. Without one, you’ll find yourself scratching your head when you are sitting down to pray. It’s not always that you remember all the things you ever wanted. A written list makes it super easy!

6. Block an hour or 45 min purely for the recitation of Quran . It’s okay if you don’t understand what’s being said, there’s still abundant rewards.

7. WARNING: This tip is only for those who are able to control your use of gadgets. If you are sure you will not waste your time over other useless apps, download the Ramadan Legacy app available both on the AppStore and PlayStore. It is super amazing. I’ve used it during Ramadan in the past two years and I rate it 5-stars. It helps you track down all the progress you are making and there’s so much more! The 2017 version of the app will be available in a few days and their team sent me a mail claiming to have a new planner and so many new features, yippee! I’m excited! 

 And last but not least, the others. Don’t miss your suhoor(pre-dawn meal). Don’t overeat at Iftar. Break the fast with dates or water. Stay up at night for some extra prayers (taraweeh). Try getting your to-do’s done right after fajr prayers if possible. Don’t miss out on your morning and evening dikr. Plan things around salah times. Don’t associate Ramadan with hunger and thirst. Don’t sleep all day long. Seek a lot of forgiveness. Make it an amazing spiritual experience. Fast is not just for your stomachs but for your tongues, ears ,eyes and the entire self. And try involving in every bit of good possible.

Yeah! I guess that’s all I have got to share with you right now. Share in the comments below your ideas and tips too! 

Now, here’s a small takeaway. Download/Print  this 2017 Ramadan Tracker and paste it on your wall if you are planning to join me in ‘working out’ this Ramadan! 


Share the message as much as possible and inspire others to goodness too!

May Allah (SWT) make us of those who take full benefit of this blessed month ahead!

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