The holy month of Ramadan is here again. Muslims in Nigeria and across the world will either fast for 29 or 30 days. But despite the Ramadan, you still have to go to work and perform your daily duties, which can become difficult when the brunt of the lack of food begin to kick in. Nevertheless, with a little planning and discipline, you can balance work and play nicely this Ramadan. Here are a few things you do to stay on track during Ramadan:
Plan your days in advance
Keeping your mind occupied can sometimes be a challenge during Ramadan especially when hunger can seep in as a distraction. By carefully planning your days and deciding, ahead of time, what you’ll focus your time and attention on, you’ll be better able to keep your momentum going. When planning your days, try to schedule meetings, calls and other interpersonal interactions that require high energy in the mornings.
Don’t bury yourself in work
Of course, you must go home and take part in the festivities, but that doesn’t mean shutting yourself down at the office. Sure, you could cut down on the number of breaks, but take a few moments every day to catch up with your co-workers. Maintaining interpersonal relations are important – especially during the holidays, because who knows if you need someone to help you with ideas or even offer to take on some of your workloads.
Work when your energy is highest
Your energy will likely be highest just after eating the morning and evening meals. If possible, plan to do the bulk of your mentally or physically intensive work just after eating, when your mind and body are at their sharpest. You may find that staying up after you eat your morning meal–instead of going back to sleep–will allow you to more easily complete tasks without the distraction of incoming messages and distractions at that hour, too.
Swap meetings for video chat & calls
Travel, commuting and walking can drain your energy. Whenever possible, look for opportunities to shift in-person meetings to phone calls or video chats. Often times, you can get just as much done, without having to use valuable energy to physically get yourself to a different location to meet.
Although most of us are strong enough to hold off temptations during the Ramadan, sometimes it can take a toll on our mental and emotional condition. The best thing to do is limit distractions so you would be able to fully concentrate on your work rather than the difficulties that you are experiencing. Some of the things that can be done include limiting daily use of social media and avoid talking about food.
Go home at a reasonable time
Don’t get sucked into the pressures of pleasing your boss. Staying late isn’t going to help anyone – you won’t be productive. Instead, plan your day well, work smart, and finish on time. Head home to break your fast, enjoy the feast and pray!
By Damilola Faustino