The month of Ramadan is one of the most challenging times for a professional, that too if you’re a Muslim professional in Bangladesh. This Ramadan not only do you have to fast for 15 hours but also tackle the excruciating heat. Indeed, it’s a given that one will find the month of Ramadan challenging and may struggle to find their feet in their workplace. The main challenges that Ramadan brings upon professionals are in the aspects of sleep, nutrition, and fitness, all of which are crucial to one’s productivity and performance in their jobs. So, today we look into how you, as an individual can prevent your productivity from going down by adhering to some simple steps.
Maintain your sleep-cycle
From what I believe, Ramadan brings about a change in a person’s sleep cycle. It’s because a Muslim professional finds himself engaged in spiritual obligations/activities such as the Taraweeh prayer which accounts for a healthy period of time for after they’ve broken their fast. Hence, most people tend to stay up till Sehri and fall asleep after Fajr prayer. This is a strategic mistake. It’s better that you get adequate rest as you did before Ramadan. Meaning, take rest and avoid staying up till Sehri. Rather wake up at that time, have your food, say your prayers and then take another brief sleep till your morning alarm. Compromising in your sleep is one salient way to damage one’s productivity in Ramadan.
Quality over quantity
After fasting in this frustrating weather for about 15 hours of the day, it is quite justified that you’d like to consume on a monstrous level. It may be justified to your thought process but it’s your body that needs to justify how much you eat. So, don’t overreact. It will only make you feel stuffed. It is also too much to ask but try intaking potassium enriched food (banana, potato, fishes) as they help retain water in the body for a long time.
Replace caffeine with exercise
Ramadan mornings are slow and tough especially if you’re a person who is dependent on either tea or coffee to kick-starting your body to function. But not to fear there is a healthier alternative and that is exercise. So, use Ramadan as a chance to overcome your dependency on tea/coffee and give your body a shot at fitness. Wake up and stretch out your arms and legs, walk around the house or maybe (if you can) do a few sit-ups or push-ups. This brief-not so extensive exercise will allow proper blood circulations to all parts of your body and hence you feel active.
Nothing beats a schedule
During Ramadan, office hours are slimmed down to an extent favoring the employees. So, with the change, it’s better if you adapt to it as well. Scheduling your day, as to when to start for work, which route to follow or which mode of commute you’re using, if determined pre-hand the day is bound to get easier. Scheduling your day not only makes you effective in time management but also gives you a brief on how to manage your energy and prepares you for the day mentally.
Naveed is studying Marketing in BUP. Apart from being tired all the time he’s always up for a good game of football. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org