The Ideal Personality To Enhance Productivity & Mental Health

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We’ve all had those days where we get a burst of energy. We are motivated to become a better person, a better Muslim and a better student or employee. This positive energy makes us feel hopeful for success in Dunya and Aakhirah. But then, the question arises of how? How do I become a better version of myself?

If we are looking for a role model of an ideal lifestyle. A lifestyle with habits and actions without guilt or regret, as well as, opportunities to enhance our productivity, then we need not look further than our beloved Prophet SAW.

It is clearly stated in the Qur’an, in Surah Al-Ahzab, verse 21:

There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.

So, without a doubt, if we wish to better ourselves and accomplish our goals with the help of Allah, there is only one role model we can and should follow.

This article lays down an outline of the Prophet’s PBUH routine and a quick takeaway from it to apply it in our day to day lives.

Fajr –

  • Wakes up with the sound of the Adhaan by Bilal RA and repeats after the Adhaan
  • Slowly mumbles ‘Allahu Akbar’ ‘Alhamdulillah’ ‘Subhanallah’ ‘Astagfirullah’ and the tahleel, all of then 10 times each.
  • Performs Ghusl or Wudu and proceeds to wake up his wife and family.
  • Spends time with his SAW’s wife and talks with her until Bilal RA comes to his door and calls him out. Then He SAW leads the Fajr Salat.
  • He SAW remains in the Masjid after Fajr reciting the post-prayer azkar along with the morning azkar.
  • After which, he SAW spends his time until sunrise asking about the conditions of his sahabas and their well being and general inquiry to make sure that everyone is alright. He SAW used to ask about the sick and ask about janazah prayers during this time too.
  • He returns home.
  • Asks his wife about food and if there was food he would eat some and if there was none he would fast that day. He would talk with his family for some time and return back to the masjid
  • This when his “official” time starts. As he is the teacher of the nation, people would gather around him and exchange questions and thoughts and worries. He SAW would ask them to reflect themselves and relay prophetic teachings.
  • He would then walk around the streets of Madinah meeting his daughters and little children along the way and talking with them and attending to their small concerns.

Dhuhr –

  • Just before Dhuhr salah (around mid-morning), He SAW would return home and ask if there is anything to eat, if none, he would remain fasting.
  • He SAW would then perform 2 rakat or 4 rakat or 6 rakat of the Duha prayer
  • At this time women would come to his house and ask him about questions concerning females and hygiene etc and Aisha RA would be present too.
  • He SAW would also perform house chores and do his own tasks too like sewing, milking the goats, washing etc.
  • He would take a brief nap right before dhuhr prayer and wake up as the Bilal RA gives the azan for prayer. After which He SAW would perform 4 rakat in his home and then lead the salah at the masjid.
  • He would return home and perform 2 rakat voluntary prayer

Asr –

  • After performing 2 rakat He SAW would go out with his companions for specific duties around and city and discuss more serious matters with them until Asr prayer or would remain in the masjid until Asr prayer.
  • He would then return home after the Asr prayer and spend this relaxed time with his family and relay teaching about Islam and advice and increase in knowledge.
  • Sometimes He SAW would give sermons, if there were important matters to be discussed. This continues till Maghrib prayer.

Maghrib –

  • He SAW would either leave his house to lead the Maghrib prayer or He SAW would lead the prayer after the Sermon.
  • He SAW made sure to not give any sermons after Maghrib prayer because at this time everyone is eager to go home and have their dinner.
  • He SAW too would return home and if there was food He SAW would call over his companions and eat some morsels with them or sometimes He SAW would be called over for a meal at someone’s place.
  • If the meal was with His SAW’s wife, He SAW would take his time and enjoy the meal with her and feed her too.

Isha –

  • He SAW would remain in his house until the call for Isha prayer was made. If the companions gathered early, he would pray early and if the companions delayed, He SAW would delay Isha.
  • While returning home He SAW would stop by the homes where He SAW heard the Quran being recited or he would talk with the poor people at the Masjid
  • He SAW went home and prepared to sleep. He SAW would recite his sleeping prayers and certain verses from the Quran.
  • He SAW would sleep till midnight.
  • At midnight He SAW would wake up for Tahajjud prayer. He SAW would be completely immersed at this time and recite several verses of the Quran and really take his time with everything. And this was Muhammad SAW’s most favourite time of the day!
  • He SAW would wake his family up for prayer too.
  • After praying Tahajjud, He SAW would nap until Fajr prayer, which would be around 2 hours.

The takeaway from the routine of Muhammad SAW –

If we observe His SAW’s day, there is emotional productivity, spiritual productivity, work productivity, everything in one simple day! Which goes to say, being productive is very simple. And if we wanted to implement some of the lifestyle habits from His SAW’s life, it’s going to be life changing!

Did you know that 40% of our daily life activities are habits! Successful people are able to fully establish productive habits and implement these habits actively in their life. It’s not going to work if you decide to implement any habit into your life, it’s not going to happen all at once no is it going to become a habit overnight. Increase the activities gradually and be consistent. It takes 40 days of doing an activity repeatedly to make it a habit.

Another thing to observe is, not only did Prophet SAW have a general fluid routine, but His SAW’s routine was around salah. His salah wasn’t around his day, but rather his day was around his salah. And this increases spiritual and work/study productivity. There is immense barakah in your day because of the priority you’ve given to salah but also, it helps to plan your day in a way where you can give yourself the appropriate breaks that help weed out mental burnouts, chronic stress, depression etc. It’s harmless to say that a good amount of mental health issues arise from our just our daily life! Our day to day activities is what causes the depression, stress, mental burnouts and in some cases eating disorders that come forth as a product of constant stress. Muhammad SAW’s day consisted of naps, breaks, relaxed family time, ‘me time’ and was efficiently able to be the most successful man on earth at the same time! This is what we all should strive for, we need to internalize that continuously working under chronic stress is not a way of life. A beautiful fluid and non-rigid routine will result in a mentally happy and productive life!

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