They always say, “Work smarter, not harder.” Working during Ramadan proves this saying right.
Most of us feel tired while fasting in Ramadan, as it’s challenging to be productive and creative during this time. Also, concentration is hugely affected by the lack of food and water.
Today, we are here to help you make the best out of your concentration and productivity during fasting in Ramadan.
1- Have a healthy diet
A healthy diet plays a massive role in increasing your productivity and concentration levels. It starts from the type of food you eat to the portions of it.
There is a bunch of unhealthy eating habits that we follow in Ramadan. It’s essential to go through them again and decide if they’re the best for your work and lifestyle or not.
You can find helpful nutrition tips for Ramadan here.
2- Exercise daily
We realize how much it sounds challenging to exercise in Ramadan, but nobody said it has to be fasting. Doing exercises helps your blood circulation and health in general.
Exercising makes you more active and improves the efficiency of your body organs. Furthermore, choose easy and simple exercises that keep you healthy without consuming a lot of your energy.
3- Plan ahead
Much of the work’s burden is about planning. When you plan for your day, work becomes way more manageable.
Prioritize your tasks and don’t expect too much of yourself while fasting. It’s okay to have lower productivity than the regular days.
Keep a small notebook with you and create a to-do list with your daily tasks. Don’t write down too many goals, not to get disappointed if you don’t finish them.
4- Choose when to work
There are certain hours a day when you can be most productive. Pick the morning hours after Suhoor, as you still have the best energy levels provided by food.
Also, the hours from Iftar to Suhoor shouldn’t be about eating. You can finish a lot of work during this time of the day.
5- Avoid distractions
Distractions can be social media, office discussions, or gossip with your workmates. You need every bit of concentration during fasting, so don’t waste it on such stuff.
Try to keep your phone off and away from you to avoid checking social media at every moment. Additionally, if a co-worker starts talking about unprofessional topics, apologize decently and explain the situation to them.
6- Refresh your energy
Everybody has different methods to renew their energy and reactivate their concentration. Choose the best way for you.
Take a nap in the middle of your day, as studies have shown that naps improve work productivity.
Moreover, going for a walk or doing stretches can be great options.
7- Find alternatives
There can be alternatives for many things at work, like, working from home, video meetings, phone calls.
Discuss the idea of working from home with your manager before Ramadan. Convince them by illustrating how your productivity is going to be better.
Also, driving, traveling, and moving can consume a lot of your energy. You can save much of it for your work instead of wasting it.
8- Keep yourself busy
Being busy with work and tasks saves you from constantly feeling tired. When you focus more on your goals, exhaustion won’t be a thing for you.
In addition to that, achieving daily goals boosts your mental health and gives you a sense of purpose.
9- Think of the fasting value
It helps a lot when you focus more on the value of fasting instead of complaining about how much it’s hard for you.
Think of how you’re improving spiritually and physically during this great ritual. Fasting can be beneficial for your body if you follow a healthy routine.
It also gives you the chance to be closer to God and charge your energy for the rest of the year.
Take Ramadan as an opportunity to build healthy habits on different levels. Your mind and body can adjust to new practices in less than a month and follow them for the rest of your year.
working smarter by following the last tips is your key to better Ramadan on both the professional and personal level.