Day 17 of the 40-Day Challenge

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

Today is a great day. I woke up early and started early. I have had a good night’s sleep, and I have got the inertia from my early working to continue excelling throughout my day.

1. One of the Last System’s Benefits

Again, challenges are repeating themselves, but the only thing I want to mention is how effective I found it to reward myself in the break by doing something useful that I love, as I have mentioned in the system I talked about in this post. In doing so, I felt that I have even achieved something in the break, enjoyed myself, and returned to work more refreshed.

As a reminder, your mind doesn’t want to rest unless during sleep. Therefore,  you could switch between different activities to activate different parts of your brain, but always try to do something useful. Again this idea is from the “Deep Work” book.

2. Useful Pieces of Information

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

  • Practice appreciating people, and encouraging them for doing good work. Don’t praise treating someone as second class doesn’t get you first-class results.
  • Practice calling people by their names. People like to be called by name, and it gives them a boost. They feel that you appreciate them. Remember to pronounce the name, and spell it correctly.
  • When talking with people you don’t know add the appropriate title like Mr., Mrs., Dr. (for Doctors), Eng. (for Engineers), and so on. These titles help people tremendously to feel that they are important to you.
  • Ask yourself every day, what can I do today to make my wife, and my family happy. This is amazingly effective. You don’t have to spend much money, but the idea is to do anything that shows your family that you care about them and that they are from your top priorities.
  • As you plan time for your day, plan time for your family.
  • Here is an idea I heard from the book’s author. The author sits daily with his children before going to work so that his mind is still refreshed while he is doing some activities with them and talking to them. This energizes him and strengthens his relationship with his children. Moreover, at night before sleeping, he talks to his wife for maybe about an hour which strengthens the relationship with his wife as well. Day after day, notice how close will you be to your wife, and children. How healthy and satisfying such relationships will be. He also reserves one complete day for his family. He says that this gives him new energy as well.
  • If you have a problem with someone, or if you made him angry try to give him a gift and notice the change that will happen in your relationship. Gifts can turn your enemy into a friend.

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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