Ramadan 2014—Sifting through the behavioral baggage—episode 3

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After talking about ‘the TV and PC screen-syndrome’ and how to get a good sleep in Ramadan I have decided to share with you something very obvious but surprisingly important.

Timetable. Yes, it’s very important that our activities in this month are carefully timetabled. But before we all get hyped up, it’s very important to understand the nature of Ramadan. I mean, every Muslim knows that a normal fasting person is likely to be energetic during morning hours. It doesn’t need you to be a rocket scientist to understand that doing manual labor during ‘Asr is tantamount to punishing yourself.

The point is, we need to put, in our timetables, the most important things we need to do in the morning hours when we still have energy. By important things, I mean things that will need our best concentration and energy.

Most manual work can be done during ‘early’ noon hours because most of it can be done without much cognitive process (mental concentration). Those (manual activities) that can be done in ‘automatic mode’ and need less human energy input, should be done in the ‘late’ afternoon hours.

It’s also very important to understand that timetables are normally designed and scheduled per individual’s liking and needs. My timetable doesn’t necessarily have to be a replica of yours.

Before I finish, I would like to point out one more thing. Timetables should not be regarded so ‘divine’ that makes one not change when necessary. If you feel that something should be moved up or down to a specific time, then, please, do so. Good timetables are those that, due to an individual’s experience, have gone through some changing and refining.

With this, I pray that Allah makes this Ramadan beneficial and full of His blessings.