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Time table and daily routine

Hi Everyone!

‘How can someone stay so positive all the time?’ – Many of you have asked me this question.

Time table includes needs.

Today, I’ll show you how I do it. It is done, by making a daily time table, in which I take care of basic needs of well being; I take care of my physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and financial needs. You will see it in my Powerful Weekly Plan here.

In 1999 I met Farzana Ikram in Sargodha, she owned the most successful school there, the Connoisseur Grammar School. We became friends, and discovered we both loved Stephon R. Covey. That was the secret of her great success. In this the need to make proper daily/weekly time table is stressed a lot.

Focus yourself!

 Do prepare your time table carefully, and you can make amazing difference to your life. It is something that helps us achieve our goals. This can make us feel happy, with that sense of achievement.

Personal time-table:

Reading out Allama Iqbal’s poetry to my father. He loved listening to it, even though he had become so weak towards the end, these moments of enjoying Iqbal’s poetry together, were priceless for both of us. Nataliya, (my eldest daughter) took this picture, which is our only record of this activity which was part of our daily routine.

Living at home or outside, a life without a ‘program’ isn’t productive, it just doesn’t feel right. This is precisely why you feel ‘bad’ because you aren’t able to achieve much.

 Most of the time, we rely on our institutions to control our lives with their time tables which they make for you to achieve their dreams and objectives. They decide the time, subject and what you do at what time.

Lets now (especially during these Corona virus days,) be in full command of ourselves. Let’s have a timetable that suits us and our needs. Who knows, we might end up happier and more productive?!

Goals and objectives:

A daily time table can be the same for years. This is why, it isn’t the same as my Powerful Weekly Plan mentioned here, which is written every week or two.  

It isn’t worth it, spoiling your precious weekend, completing your unfinished chores over the weekend. This is why it is very important to complete all chores at workplace and at home, between Monday to Friday. Leaving you and your family to enjoy a relaxing weekend.

In this way, your weekends are free.

Short-term and long- term goals:

Clarify these short term and long term goals first. See how and where you can fit them into your daily time table.

All that you want in life, is possible, if you have a daily time table which makes room for your dreams and achievements.

Deviation from goals are normal too:

Don’t worry too much if an ‘emergency’ like this Covid19 makes you change course. It is okay. It is fine if you makes changes temporarily for a greater cause. In my case, the side-effect of this deviation was that I’ve almost never been depressed. In fact, I’ve felt very satisfied, due to achieving  these social work goals. So, it is worth it.

You wouldn’t feel depressed too, if you made and followed an effective daily time table for yourself, which takes care of you in every way.

Napoleon Hill’s idea:

The famous American writer of ‘Grow Rich with Peace of Mind,’ says that you divide the twenty-four hours into three parts of eight hours: 8 hours to sleep, 8 hours to work and 8 hours for relaxation.

This formula can make you into a millionaire if you want. (He was a millionaire several times over, and demonstrated this theory.) You can watch his YouTube videos.

My timetable:

Sometime back, you saw my personal timetable in my Instagram stories, and wanted me to share it. My timetable itself keeps changing. It isn’t what it was just a year ago.

 My place and work in life is different from yours, but still I’m sharing with you.

Most of you are in your twenties and thirties, which I’m not. Your time table would be different from what mine is now. Sometimes I wonder how I achieved so many things. I just know that I always made time tables and weekly plans. That is how I did it.

So, we have to have a personal plan for our daily routine which fits in with our goals in life.  

Daily time table:

Time slotsWeek days: Monday to Friday.
6.00 – 9.00  amPrayers, check day plan, Breakfast, Get ready.
9.00 to 4.00 pmWork hours.
9.00 to 10.30Work: Blog post, writing work, motivational video, Instagram,
10.30 – 11.00Quran (15 min.) & tea break (15 min.) with family.
11.00 to 1.00 pmAddressing week’s work issues. Meetings. Staff meeting. Repair work. Visiting offices.
1.00 to 2.00 pmLunch and prayer break.
2.00 to 4.00Work: office work including blogs, posts, house repairs etc.
4- 5 pmSiesta (45 min.) tea & prayer (20 min)
5 – 6 pmExercise & prayer.
6.00 to 7.45 pmFamily time, & dinner.
8.00 to 9.00 pmDrama hour or entertainment with family.
9.00- 9.30pmExercise / walk
9.30 to 10.45 pmVideo chats with daughters or  Instagram live, or blogs. Prayers & reading before going to sleep.

The weekend:

I feel very strongly about the weekend being free and different from other days of the week. Make sure your mind is free too; Free of all problems (and specially postpone disagreements with family members to work days.) Right now, relax and let everyone relax.

At the most, some unavoidable things can be done on Saturdays, like car repairs, or left over housework. However, keep Sunday completely free and different. This is why it is best to be out of the home, on a weekend to get away and do something together as a family.

When you do activities with relatives and friends, your time with family gets jeopardized. Do remember that; everyone is with everyone else. So, don’t consider that as family time, as you aren’t interacting with each other when you are with others.

Some points for daily time table:

  1. Being in natural surroundings is very important. Our lifestyle is all indoors now. So, you must try to spend at least 30 minutes outside. Why not make it your exercise time? Just make sure no negative thoughts go with you.
  2. Remember, to include those family members in your time table, who you say, matter the most in your life.
  3. Just keep it simple and do-able. How would you make yours?
  4. Check the time table regularly to check if your needs are being fully entertained by it.
  5. It is okay to skip some parts occasionally, due to unexpected situations.

Yes, you will stay blessed if you have put all your basic needs as a human being in your daily plan. Make this routine, and break it all, on a holiday several times in the year.

At my studio:

Here is a blast from the past: One of our Spiritual sessions with Abbas Husain: The topic was about daily life of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

During Pre-Covid19 days we would arrange spiritual gatherings or have workshops in my studio with Abbas Husain who is my mentor and friend.
Gatherings like these were so warmly attended. It is your daily life that has the most impact on your life. So, make it happen carefully.

? Have a blessed life.

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  1. zarin danish says:

    worth reading love the way you explain quite difficult tasks in very easy manner love you

    1. Shireen Gheba Najib says:

      Really needed that comment! Thank you so much. I’m so glad you found it useful. Love you too 🙂

      Stay blessed.

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