This time-managing technique just popped in my head one day, walhamdulillah, and I’ve been using it ever since!
Often, we waste time checking our emails, facebooks, blogs, twitters, etc. (I might have another post on just those things, inshaAllah)
What’s one thing they all have in common?
They all require a password for entry.
That password is supposed to be so that others don’t gain access, but my proposition is to use this password in such a way that you don’t gain access.
There are two things you can do:
- Make the password a complicated set of numbers, letters, and symbols. Make it long and write it down on a piece of paper. Don’t make it meaningful, make it like a mess of things like: g6%h3!(>kde&03f …. (You think this is bad? Listen man, desperate times call for desperate measures.) After you write it down on a piece of paper, put that piece of paper in a hard-to-reach place (like the abyss in your closet). Keep in mind that if you are someone who gets important emails daily, you still want to keep the paper in a hard-to-reach place, but don’t put it somewhere too difficult to find, because you might lock yourself out entirely (and wouldn’t that be interesting?). However, the paper with your password for facebook, which probably takes way more time, and is of little to no benefit, should be flushed — I mean, should be placed in a more difficult-to-reach place.
- Make the password something meaningful, that will induce guilt whenever you type it. The trick here is to associate the password with a goal you have (if you don’t really have goals, you have to get those first). For example, if you are memorizing Surah al Baqarah, you can make your password surahalbaqarah286 >> every time you type this in, you will be reminded of your goal, and you will ask yourself: Did I fulfill my work related to this goal today? If the answer is “no,” you will feel too guilty to continue typing in the password, and it will encourage you to return to your work.
Try this out and let me know how it goes inshaAllah!