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Sometimes some sort of specific articles become difficult to write down because those articles have a huge need of the day and limitless need of an hour.
Time Management is one of them. There will be two parts of this article. In the first part its importance, definition, reasons, and solution would be presented. While in the next part time will be explained according to Quran and Sunnah.
_PART 01_ :-
In this part let me discuss _Introduction about time_
We go through an era of technology where a name given to this era as “fastest time zone” because of advancement in technology.
If we through light on this century where we live today squeezed into “global village” on account of growing and developing in every field of life especially in Information Technology (IT).
In this fastest and growing world a time has been valued further. These all advancements are all because of time management. Those Nations who are considered the master mind and most developed are all because of paying importance to time. A common question rises in each mind;
Time has been assigned same as 24 hours to each but why some people become more successful than others?
The answer is very simple as the question is simple.
The difference creates only because of time.
If you give value to time you would be more successful than others.
The LORD OF THE WORLD gives 24 hours to every human being every morning. Now it depends upon the recipient how he or she uses the great gift of Allah (Subhana Wo Tahala!).
In this part you will come across more valuable things regarding time and how to manage your time so keep reading till end because it only pay backs to you.
Definition of time management
“The successful completion of tasks in a given period of time without creating any other emergency is called Time management.”
_Reasons to Manage your time_ :-
Before discussing reasons first I would like to share one research about success.
According to the research; Only 2% people become successful in this world, 8% go around success but don’t reach to success point and the rest of 90% become fail and don’t reach to the peak performance. Why?
The answer is all about time management. Those 2% people become successful because of extra-ordinary taking care of their precious gift while the rest do not bother.
Anyway, it was just a glimpse regarding time now we move forward to the reasons.
²) Handling emergency
Let me aware you the explanation of reasons.
¹) *Conflicts* :-
When you don’t manage your time, conflicts arise in your mind.
Example:- When a student doesn’t hard work different sort of conflicts will be arising in his or her mind like what will happen?
How I will answer my parents?
How my teachers will treat me? And how will I deal with society? Etc and so on.
When these sort of conflicts arise a student will not be able to study further and he or she may leads to anxiety and even depression.
We can come across uncountable examples like the above mentioned example. If you want to avoid these conflicts you will have to manage your time. If you manage you will be able to get rid of these conflicts. As a result you will have peace of mind and more productivity in your field.
The second most important reason is:
Importance of time management in the workplace
²) *Handling emergency* :-
It is all about time and its management.I want to further elaborate this second point with example.For instance being a Manager you are going to your office. In a meanwhile some guests reach to your home.
How you will manage?
Will you go to office?
Or will you entertain guests?
If you manage you are the winner but if not, you will not have a peace of mind that’s why to handle emergencies without creating any other emergency is your great work. Imp:- Unscheduled tasks are included in emergency or urgency.
The third one is given under-mentioned;
3) *Commitments* :-
If you want to fulfill your commitments you will bring yourself in this point to manage your time.
For instance:- if you have committed to meet a person at 3:00 pm. Now different conflicts and thinking will tune in your mind when to meet and how to meet?
If you fulfill your commitment you are done your job. But if not you will different sort of thinking why I didn’t meet? When I will meet? What I will say to that specific person? Etc.
When these thoughts come in your mind you will definitely not feel good so to avoid manage your time.
In three words let’s summarize the reasons of time management as they are _conflicts, handling emergency without creating any other emergency, and commitments_.
Now let’s move to the solution how to manage your time.The solution is very much simple which includes only three important words.
These above three mentioned points are further elaborating here.
According to research if you have written down your goals you have 86% chance to fulfill your dreams compared to those who didn’t. When you write down any goal you should take care of some important things.
GOAL should be SMART.
T= TIME FRAME.
Your goal should be specific. You should specify your goal.
*What you want and how much you want*?
Clear crystal yourself what you need and what would be the amount you require.
Define any unit for your goal. For instance if you want to write a book you will have to check accordingly how many pages you have written and how many have been left ?
Ask yourself as this goal is attainable for you?
If yes carry on but if not try to change the way you want to accomplish.
Be real in every walk of your life. While sitting your goal try to understand yourself. How ?
What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses?
The goal you want to accomplish require some sort of strengths. If you have strengths of achieving that goal you will be more faster than those who didn’t clarify their strengths.
What are those weaknesses that I will have to remove so that I may be able to achieve my target.
_Time Frame_ :-
Give a clear time duration. I need specific time to accomplish the goal.Like if you want to write down a book comprising of 120 pages. So define a time for this goal. E.g I will have to write down a 120 pages book in 2 months.
One person has many many works and tasks in a day. If you ask someone how many tasks you do a day. He or she will respond I do my 30 to 40 tasks. But according to research nobody do their tasks more than three. How ?
Let me discuss the answer.
Time management for students and professionals
There are 24 hours in a day. Every one has the same time. Research says there are three tasks which are given below:
¹) Professional and Academic(8 hrs)
²) Recreation and development (8 hrs)
³) Rest and sound sleep.(8hrs)
Each task is given 8 hours and you can manage easily. Now a question rises here where the time is for Worship?
The answer is simple it lies down in the second point _Recreation and development_ because worship also gives us pleasure. If not your worship is not at that level where you feel pleasure. Importance of time management.
° Spare time for enjoyment is the great motivation for any thing.
° Ultimate goals motivate you.
In my opinion the above mentioned are the solution to time management.Another fruitful question rises here what are the skills required to time management.
• Skills required:-
1) Self awareness
2) SWOT (Strengths, weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats).
3) Communication and Language
These are the skills required for time management. Try to develop these skills and adopt it in your life so that you may be able to manage your time wisel
In the second part the time will be explained according to Quran and Sunnah. ALLAH (Subhana Wo Tahala!) says in the holy Quran.
وَ سَخَّرَ لَکُمُ الشَّمۡسَ وَ الۡقَمَرَ دَآئِبَیۡنِ ۚ وَ سَخَّرَ لَکُمُ الَّیۡلَ وَ النَّہَارَ
“And He subjected for you the sun and the moon, continuous [in orbit], and subjected for you the night and the day.” In this ayaat it is talked about the specific time duration regarding sun and the moon, the day and night which has specific duration each. (33 )In surah Al Furqan Allah (Subhana Wo Tahala!) Says:
وَ ہُوَ الَّذِیۡ جَعَلَ الَّیۡلَ وَ النَّہَارَ خِلۡفَۃً لِّمَنۡ اَرَادَ اَنۡ یَّذَّکَّرَ اَوۡ اَرَادَ شُکُوۡرًا
“And it is He who has made the night and the day in succession for whoever desires to remember or desires gratitude.” In the Holy Quran ALLAH (Subhana Wo Tahala!) Has shown the importance in a very unique way. Some verses of the Holy Quran are mentioned below
:وَ الَّیۡلِ اِذَا یَغۡشٰی
Translation:- “By the night when it covers.”
وَ النَّہَارِ اِذَا تَجَلّٰی
Translation:- “And [by] the day when it appears.”
In the above two ayaats the importance of time has been shown because the LORD OF THE WORLD Has talked about different timing which indicates importance of time management.
CHARACTERISTIC OF TIMING:-
The characteristics are given under-mentioned:
1) _The time is the most precious wealth of human_:- As the time is rapidly going. Being a human we consider wealth the most precious thing, the gold and the diamond these all things are considered the most valuable but as for as time is concerned it is far more important than wealth, gold and diamond. Let me present a verse here:
یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا لَا تُلۡہِکُمۡ اَمۡوَالُکُمۡ وَ لَاۤ اَوۡلَادُکُمۡ عَنۡ ذِکۡرِ اللّٰہِ ۚ وَ مَنۡ یَّفۡعَلۡ ذٰلِکَ فَاُولٰٓئِکَ ہُمُ الۡخٰسِرُوۡنَ
وَ اَنۡفِقُوۡا مِنۡ مَّا رَزَقۡنٰکُمۡ مِّنۡ قَبۡلِ اَنۡ یَّاۡتِیَ اَحَدَکُمُ الۡمَوۡتُ فَیَقُوۡلَ رَبِّ لَوۡ لَاۤ اَخَّرۡتَنِیۡۤ
اِلٰۤی اَجَلٍ قَرِیۡبٍ ۙ فَاَصَّدَّقَ وَ اَکُنۡ مِّنَ الصّٰلِحِیۡنَ
O you who have believed, let not your wealth and your children divert you from remembrance of Allah . And whoever does that – then those are the losers. And spend [in the way of Allah ] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, “My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be among the righteous.” (63: 9-10)
In the above verses time has explained. In the same surah another verse will make you an understand about time further
.وَ لَنۡ یُّؤَخِّرَ اللّٰہُ نَفۡسًا اِذَا جَآءَ اَجَلُہَا ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ خَبِیۡرٌۢ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُوۡنَ
“But never will Allah delay a soul when its time has come. And Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” Of course! ( 63:11)In this ayaat-e-karima it has been explained well regarding the time of every soul that no time will be given further and no time will be decreased from the original one. In another place of Quran it is very much cleared :
اَوَ لَمۡ نُعَمِّرۡکُمۡ مَّا یَتَذَکَّرُ فِیۡہِ مَنۡ تَذَکَّرَ وَ جَآءَکُمُ النَّذِیۡرُ ؕفَذُوۡقُوۡا فَمَا لِلظّٰلِمِیۡنَ مِنۡ نَّصِیۡرٍ
“But did We not grant you life enough for whoever would remember therein to remember, and the Warner had come to you? So taste [the punishment], for there is not for the wrongdoers any helper.” They people will not be able to respond to the LORD OF THE WORLD.
2) _A past can never be record_ :-
Once a time passes it can never be returned in any case so use your time wisely because this is also the characteristic of time.3) Speed of time:-
3) The third third most important characteristic of time is speed. Time passes very very rapidly. No body can even think about time and its speed.
You might have heard people saying time of happiness passes quickly compared to sorrow moments but the matter is not like this it is only the feeling of that person. importance of time management.
I want to conclude my article on this important sentence You will never be able to return your time so use it wisely.
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Written By: Syed Ihtisham Ul Haq Bin Mulvi Muh Khwaja Din