Thursday, August 14, 2008

What can you do in 5 minutes?

A few random things that only take 5 minutes. What other suggestions do you have?

  • Pray 2 rak'at nafl at any time of the day or night

  • Read a page or two from the Qur'an in Arabic or your mother tongue

  • Take 5 minutes out from a hectic day putting your feet up and enjoying a cup of tea

  • Something that worked for me this week: the bedroom dd10 and dd7 share was m-e-s-s-y and they made no headway on the tidying, I was only hearing whinging. Soooo, I set the timer for 5 minutes and told them to tidy intensively for just 5 minutes and see how much they could do. The bedroom was almost tidy by the time the alarm sounded. 5 minutes well used.

  • Make some silent dhikr

  • Cyclone clean one room; pick up any things on the floor, quickly dust surfaces, spray some air freshener, plump up the cushions.

  • Email a friend you haven't been in contact with for a while

  • Read a short story to your child

  • Recite As-Salat An Nabi: A person who calls for blessings on me once, Allah sends down mercies on him ten times, ten of his sins will be remitted and he is raised ten degrees.

We often complain that we don't have enough time in the day but there are so many things that require a mere 5 minutes.


Sonya said...

I never really looked at time like that, but it is very true. Alot can be done in such a short amount of time.

Latifah said...

Assalamu alaikum dear sister:

Its right, we can do a lot of thing en questions of organization...

Tell me sis, what do you do for ramadan or what plan do you do to this ramadan, and pls, dont forget to put more pics about food ....yazakallah....

Latifah Umm Hassan

seekingtaqwa said...

time.....subhanallah...don't get me started...some excellent ideas though..I just can never get past the theory stage of utilizing time well....

Umm Ibrahim said...

Sonya, Seekingtaqwa... indeed. :) Good reminder for myself since I waste too much time!

Umm Hassan: Ramadan... well nothing spectacular really. Fasting, some Taraweehs and mini halaqas with my girls and insha'Allah if possible an Umra towards the end of Ramadan.

Am planning more foody posts once I get back to cooking - everything has been very simple since I got ack from holiday!

Humayraa said...

An excellent post, baraak Allaahu feeki! After I became a mother, I too learnt that only 5 minutes of cleaning can make a HUGE difference, subhaanAllaah!

Umm Ibrahim said...

You are right Humayraa - motherhood teaches a LOT! :]

Anonymous said...

Really informative post, JazaakAllah Khair.

I'm insha'Allah gonna try setting the timer for 5 mins and seeing how much I can get done!

Umm Ibrahim said...

Wa iyyaaki Umm Abdullah.

Good idea to try setting the timer for a short, specified amount of time especially when you're not really in the mood for doing anything at all!