Top 10 list
How many of us have monotonous and dull days or even lives? The problem is that most people fail to realize that Allah SWT gives us each day to live as a gift and blessing, and allows us to live that day in what ever manner we choose. We do not have to be slaves to any specific activity or routine.
This brings me to the next component: Top 10 list. This basically refers to using the first hour or so after waking up to make make a written or typed list of top ten priorities that must be either completed by yourself, or that must be delegated to someone else for completion within the next 24 hours. This is an excellent way of improving productivity as it narrows your focus to what is important for the day and therefore brings out activities or things that would otherwise be floating around in your mind and pop up at random times when you may not be able to fulfill them. Watch your productivity soar as you make this a non-negotiable part of your mornings. Again, the idea is not so much to get bogged down with specific timings or details, but rather to focus on the completion of as many of the items on the list as possible. This means that the next day, you have a different set of activities to do, or similar things with some differences.
Working on this module myself, I realized how much power Allah SWT has given us over our lives and how easily we fall prey to satan’s whisperings of believing we have no control or power. We have been gifted the power to live each day as we choose to. Indeed the Quran warns us:
“And Satan shall say after the affair is decided: Surely Allah promised you the promise of truth, and I gave you promises, then failed to keep them to you, and I had no authority over you, except that I called you and you obeyed me, therefore do not blame me but blame yourselves…”(14:22)
The idea again is to make it non-negotiable for every day of your life, and not get bogged down with the number 10 if it does not suit you. It may even be a good idea to have one item on your list when you start, and add one more item each following day, in order to get accustomed to living in such a manner.