Tuesday, 19 February 2019

How To Overcome Procrastination As A Muslim

I will do it tomorrow. Here comes tomorrow. I will do it tomorrow. Well, you are procrastinating. Procrastination is the act of postponing, delaying or putting off action to a later time.

Are you a Muslim who procrastinate or struggle to complete a certain task at the appropriate time? You said you will start praying five times a day, read the entire Quran, pray tahajjud, but still not able to do that?

We at Muslimhowto, have listed things to do to overcome procrastination as a Muslim:

Time Management

Many people who procrastinate believe that they have a lot of time to get something done when it is clear to them that time waits for nobody.

Manage your time by formulating a pattern that will boost effectiveness and productivity which allows you to accomplish more in a shorter period of time.

For instance, if you have to read the Quran, perform five compulsory daily salaah, and also hit the gym in a day. You cannot do all of it at once. Create a schedule for each task. Maybe first pray in the morning (at 5:30am), then hit the gym (from 6:00am – 7am).

Break Your Task

When the task you set weighs too much on your shoulder may definitely lead to procrastination. Try as much as possible to break your task into smaller and more convenient for yourself. If, for example, you want to read the whole Quran; start by reading may be a chapter or two daily, it will make it easier and less overwhelmed along the line.

Pray About It

Supplication has a vital role to play in overcoming procrastination. When you pray to Allah to strengthen you to be able to carry out your day-to-day activities effortlessly; doing this will renew your hope that you have ultimate guidance, assurance, and support from your creator who has promised that “…Call upon Me; I will answer your prayer…” (Qur’an 40:60)

Prayer alone would not solve everything for you at once; it also requires your energy, passion, and effort towards overcoming procrastination. Just be patient, and focus on the reason why you started in the first place. The Almighty knows your struggles. He hears your prayer.

Do Not Give Up

As humans, we get tired at times; do not give up when things do not work out. If you have tried your best and still cannot see any changes. Free yourself from worries and pain by relying only on the Almighty.

Do not reckon on the past task or goal you were unable to achieve, doing this is a negative signal on the road on overcoming procrastination. Always stay positive and hope for the best.

Fear Allah

Anxiety and depression are the major cause of procrastination. The antidote for anxiety and depression according to the Quran: “And whoever fears Allah (swt) He will make a way out of difficult.” (al-Talaq 65:2)

The more we try to get close to Allah, the harder Satan will work to push us away. He will create confusion and fear; anxiety, panic or worry over something we cannot control or even distinguish. It is all part of his plan and you need to be aware. Seek strength from Him.

Remembrance Of Allah

Remembrance of Allah is an effective tool to overcome procrastination as a Muslim, which most people never take as an option. When you recite dhikr (remembrance of Allah), it will definitely strengthen your connection with Allah -this connection will enrich you with Allah’s mercy.

“Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest” (Quran 13:28)

“Whenever some people gather in one of Allah’s houses (mosques) to recite the book of Allah and study it among themselves – then calmness (tranquility) descends upon them, the angels surround them, mercy covers them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with Him.” (Sahih Muslim)

Avoid Distraction

Get rid of any distraction that may stop or delay you from achieving your goal. These obstacles may be in form of anything, figure out what it is. For example, time spent on a smartphone can distract you, because the more you surf the internet, the more you are bombarded with the information you do not necessarily need which can be a setback in getting a task done.

Also, when you are working on a task, make sure you are through with it before jumping onto the next one. This will enable you to have something to show for after you are done with a task.

Mingle With Productive People

When you mingle with people who are productive, there is a possibility they will instill productivity in you, as well as, motivate you to do things at the appropriate time.
For instance, when you are in the midst of Muslims who observe their salat frequently at the right time – when the time of salaah approaches, they will invite you to join them in prayer.
According to an authentic saying of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him):
The example of a good companion (friend) in comparison with a bad one is like that of one who sells musk and the blacksmith. From the first, you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell, while from the blacksmith you would either get burned or smell a bad scent - (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Sleep More

Sleep has benefits that can help overcome procrastination, as well as, make you live a healthy life. When you have a lot of sleep, your brain will function properly; you will make a better decision and improves your memory.

Consult A therapist

Procrastination can have a negative effect on our daily activities; it needed to be tackled before it becomes a chronic struggle.

If you notice your case is serious and it is affecting your mental health. It is advisable to consult a licensed professional therapist who will suggest better psychotherapy treatment. 

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