Staying Focused !
7 Steps Staying Focused in Revising for your Exams
The Prophet ﷺ said, “ Allah has made excellence (ihsan) obligatory for everything, so when you sacrifice, sacrifice excellently; and when you slaughter, then perform the slaughter excellently; and let any of you sharpen his knife and let him put the animal at ease.”
These are the set of actions that would be benefit to us, who will be struggling for exams during these coming Ramadan.
- Find a purpose.
You might already know what your purpose is, but it’s good to review it and keep it at the forefront of your thoughts.
We have to understand that action, ability or skill comes from Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) first and foremost, since without His permission we can’t do anything. That’s why again in the opening chapter we say:
“You alone we worship and You alone we seek help from”.
This is true servitude to Allah. When you realise that everything you do, you’re doing it with the permission of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala), you’ll be humble in your approach, will seek perfection in all your actions, and you’ll be sincere in what you do.\
- Make Wudhu
We can all agree, there’s something about wudhu that really focuses your positive energy and cleanses you inwardly as well as outwardly. Don’t forget to say Bismillah before starting wudhu and the dua after finishing wudhu and you’ll feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Finally, pray 2 rakaah Sunnah if you feel exhausted and make sincere dua to Allah, it’s a true booster to your day, bi iznillah.
- Block your time to specific and important tasks.
Action starts with you taking the first step.
Block off some time on your calendar each day for your study, salah, recitation of Quran, and listening to good Islamic lectures even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes. If you don’t have the time, think about how long you spend each day on Facebook, TV, games, or doing smaller tasks that aren’t as important. Push those back for just a bit, and do what’s most important to you first.
- Remove distractions and start working on Pomodoro.
Again, those of us who procrastinate, here’s a killer-productivity technique: Start working on a project/task for just 10 minutes and watch yourself drift to 30-45 minutes. Give yourself a 5 minute break and then start again for ‘just’ 10 minutes.
Don’t wait for the change to happen — make it happen. See this as the first positive step, one you’ve already taken. Now use it and take action.
5. Surround yourself.
The best way to make change happen is to surround yourself with others making a similar change themselves, others who will support your change. Find a few people online or off, and create a support team that will check in with each other regularly. Tell them not to let you off the hook. Yes, this might take some work. Yes, you can do it.
6. Take a small action, and fastaqim!
If you’re overwhelmed by a large change, or a bunch of large change, just focus on one small step. What small action can you take today that will move you forward? It might be something as simple as “read books for 25 minutes in the morning”, or “recite Al-Quran for 4 pages before study”.
Take a small step, and get moving. Movement begets movement. Now take another small step. This is how change is created.
- Ask Allah’s help.
This Ramadan should be a month of productivity. Pray that Allah guide you and help you in seeking knowledge and revising for your exams in Ramadan. Without the help of Allah, no endeavor will be successful. Relies solely on Him. By trusting in Him, not only are we obeying His commandment on fasting and praying, but also protects us from procrastinating on our tasks and make the most of Ramadan with the acts of worships.
KARYA AHLI | ACADEMIC
Maryam Awatif binti Yahya
Ain Shams University
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