Day 14 of the 40-Day Challenge

In the name of Allah, most gracious and most merciful,

Thanks to Allah I have managed to succeed on the fourteenth day of the 40-day challenge. I was nearly highly engaged on average throughout my day. Although I faced a problem that affected my schedule, I understood why this happened, and I thought about how could I prevent this from happening again in the future. In this post, I will share the challenge I faced, a glimpse of the proposed solution, the key takeaways from these things, and some useful information that I learned.

1. The Challenge

Today’s challenges were usual apart from a challenge that I didn’t overcome today, but I am developing a system for overcoming it in the future.

Since I wake up early today, I started early and was in good mood. After a while, I felt I want to sleep, but then I pushed myself and I was happy because of starting early. Step, by step and my sleepy mode, has gone away.

A good day, and a good start. But after the second learning session, I wanted to take a nap. So I took a nap and didn’t enter into a deep sleep. However, when I woke up from the nap I noticed that I have to do something urgently, and this will take some time from me. This will make me postpone my work a little bit. So instead of waking up, and finishing the urgent thing, I entered into a bad mood since I felt that this thing will take much time, and will make me lag in my days’ tasks. Therefore, I decided to have temporary relief by continuing to sleep, and of course, I have wasted unnecessary time because of this temporary relief.

When I slept again, I entered into a deep sleep and slept for one and a half extra hours. When I woke up, I even felt worse because of the wasted time. However, I somehow became angry with myself and decided to develop another system to prevent this from happening again. I woke up, had a drink, and an idea came into my mind about how could I prevent this from happening in the future. In the next section, I will give you a glimpse of the new system.

2. The Proposed Solution

I didn’t complete the new system yet. I will mostly share it tomorrow after completing it. However, one of the principles upon which the new system will be built on is to put a deadline for achieving tasks. If I met the deadline, I will have a reward, otherwise, I won’t have any rewards.

I started implementing the system partially by challenging myself to do the urgent thing faster than I usually do, and I approximately met the deadline exactly. This made me feel that this task won’t have to take that much time from me again. If that happened, I shouldn’t enter into a bad mood if I have to do this urgently, since anyway, it shouldn’t take that much time, and therefore I could continue my day as usual without interrupting my tasks, and my schedule unnecessarily.

3. Key Takeaways

  • Challenge yourself to do routine, and urgent tasks as fast as possible so that they won’t unnecessary much time from you. By doing this, even mundane tasks won’t be boring, but on the contrary, you could enjoy them and add new habits into them to better generate ideas and exploit your time wisely.
  • Always try to find a solution for whatever problem you encounter. It is your responsibility to find a solution. If you said, it is not my job, you won’t usually solve it and don’t expect someone to come and solve it for you. However, if you insisted that this problem is solvable, you believe in this, and start to take action, your mind could start to help you generate ideas to solve this problem. You are the king or controller of your mind. Order him to do whatever you want. If you ordered it to find negativity and blame people for whatever happens to you, it will be an expert in finding excuses. On the other hand, if you ordered it to be responsible and help you find solutions, it will try to help you and generate ideas. So choose what do you want to think about, and don’t blame but yourself.

4. Useful Pieces of Information

Most of these pieces of information are taken from The Magic of Thinking Big book.

  • Environment shapes us and makes us thinks the way we do. So design your environment wisely as much you can.
  • Your environment is your mind food.
  • Recondition yourself for success. The number one obstacle on the road to high-level success is the feeling that major accomplishments are beyond reach. This attitude is obtained from many forces that direct our thinking toward mediocre levels.

Finally

Thank you. I hope this post has been beneficial to you. I would appreciate any comments if anyone needed more clarifications or if anyone has seen something wrong in what I have written in order to modify it, and I would also appreciate any possible enhancements or suggestions. We are humans, and errors are expected from us, but we could also minimize those errors by learning from our mistakes and by seeking to improve what we do.

Allah bless our master Muhammad and his family.

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