You and your time

You and your time
How to stop wasting it
Time wasting is a very common issue for many people these days. You begin a task, take a break for just a minute to realise it’s hours that have gone by. But why is that? Procrastination has become a widespread disease amongst us – we’re always convincing ourselves that we have time to do it later, that we have another tomorrow, so why not just do it then? But what happened to make the most out of every moment? We don’t get it back after all.
 Time always feels like it’s fleeting, and maybe that’s because it is. Even though it may not seem like it, you never actually get a single second back, once it’s passed, it’s gone forever. So why do we give our time so freely to things that are of no benefit?
 We have become used to society’s way of achieving instant gratification, a kind that doesn’t even last. Social media platforms, online shopping, food delivery services etc are all examples of quick ways to achieve something. We’ve become used to getting results as quickly as we would like them, thus becoming alien to the concept of patience. All good things take time, but this is no longer a familiar concept to us.
How do we reverse this? Is it possible? 

Of course! Like anything, bad habits can be unlearnt. This can only be done by replacing them with better habits. For example:

  • Write a list of your daily tasks the night before to ensure you prioritise them the next day.
  • Rather than scrolling on social media aimlessly, set a time limit on how much time you allow yourself to spend on it.
  • Take some time to sit and reflect on what you spend most of your day doing, and try to improve where you can.
  • Try to increase the amount of time you spend on each act of worship, as no time spent doing so is wasted.
  • Ensure you are allowing yourself enough rest when nightfall arrives, put your phone away an hour before sleeping and perhaps read before bed.
  • Make dua to Allah that He puts barakah in your time, as the Owner of time, only He can aid you in the way you spend it.

Narrated by Ibn Abbas (R.A) the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“There are two blessings that many people are deceived into losing: health and free time.”

Every one of us will be held accountable for how we spent our time or wasted it. May Allah (S.W) allow us to be those who use our time in a way that is most pleasing to Him, Ameen!
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