Time-Table: Climbing up the first ladder to Success

We always panic hearing the word “Time Table”. Time table is an organized and systemic way of doing our scheduled work. It briefs you the approximate amount of work you can do within the limited time you have. It is said “Failing to plan is planning to fail” so making time table for daily routine can change your life completely. It helps you utilize your time effectively and you are able to do more productive work in the limited time available.

Time Table is essential for every age group and we should strive to follow the time table which we make. Remember the moment when we get the timetable for our examination, how active we become, isn’t it? Even our parents become active as though it is the time table for their examination! We try to reach the examination hall before the scheduled time as we know the exam starts at precise timings.

In spite of the importance of time table, we confer blind-eye for its preparation. We never try to make a time table of our daily routine. There are various reasons because of which we do not make time table. Some of the lame facts or excuses are stated below:

It is a general feeling that when we draft time table of our daily routine we never follow it, so we think it is better not to construct one. But our attitude should always be positive. If we fail doing work according to the time table today, we should Insha’Allah follow up with it tomorrow (without any further delay). We should set up deadlines for ourselves and work accordingly. Keeping pace with deadlines plays an important role in maintaining your own time table. Gradually we tend to follow the time table which we prepare daily. It is almost next to impossible to follow the time table hundred percent but we should always remember our younger ones (especially our children) imitate us in each and every action. Children always observe in our day to day activities.

If we fail to work out according to our time table due any inescapable reason, we should not get nervous; we should again plan it for the next day, the day after, etc … At all times, we should remember that one popular energy-boosting statement “Try and try until you succeed”. This positive attitude helps your child in growing up in a disciplined, organized and systematic manner. These attributes can only be passed on to your children if you are organized yourself. And in future Insha’Allah even your child would utilize the time productively and also make his routine time table and schedule himself accordingly.

Daily Time Table:

Here I would present you a time-table, following which, you would Insha’Allah be benefited, organized and well-suited for any future professions you take in professional or personal life.

From the 24 hours daily, suppose, you spend eight hours in Office or Business works (in case of ladies, house hold work). 

You should spend around two hours for your children’s study. For the initial 15 minutes, listen to your child, let him speak anything, on any topic, his experience of the day, and what all happened in his school because nowadays in schools, we find only the teacher speaking and students listening like a mute audience, there will be one way traffic and the child gets bored. Through this technique, you get close to your child and also relieve him off the hectic schedule. For the next 15 minutes, ask him about the school, about the subjects he studied throughout the day. For another 15 minutes, give him some knowledgeable lessons, be it stories or something else. For the last set of 15 minutes of the first hour, motivate him, try to build in self confidence, the zeal to work hard and come up with flying colors; inculcate the curiosity to love the subject he learns. For the last one hour, help them with their studies, make them complete their homework in your presence; ask them if they offered Salah and read Quran. This would Insha’Allah not only make your child a good and obedient slave of Allah but would also prepare him to stand firm on any unusual situation that he would likely face in life, Insha’Allah.

Single out one hour exclusively for reading. Read the beneficial books, magazines etc. Spend one dedicated hour for understanding the deen of Allah. Religious knowledge is very vital to remain ethical in the society. Invest one hour in Dawah or Islah, form a small group or gather few people and get involved in the Dawah activities. Give over one hour in viewing television programmes which is beneficial, you can watch Islamic Channels, or news which does not break the policy of Hijaab. Dedicate 30 minutes for exercising daily. It will keep you fresh and you will be active. After all, health is wealth!

Apart from the daily schedule, once in a week there should be a planned picnic for children for at least two hours. This will benefit them and help them relax from the daily studies; relieve you from your tiring office work and rejuvenate your wife from the daily house hold chores. Soothing two hours of picnic helps all of you to boost in your energy levels and would leave you energized enough to work dedicatedly for the coming week. You should also plan a visit to their school and college and get a feedback from their teachers, this helps in maintaining rapport with teachers and in turn teachers would be obliged to give more attention to your children.

Once in a month you should attend a religious program along with your children for three – four hours. It helps in increasing the Eeman and increases the knowledge of Islam which assists in becoming a practicing Muslim.

Daily Time table at a glance:

>> 8 hrs work (office, business, household work, etc)
>> 2 hrs dedicated to your children’s study
  • 15 min – listen to your child (let him speak anything) [Teachers only speak and students listen]
  • 15 min – ask about school (about subjects)
  • 15 min – tell them some knowledgeable lessons (be it stories etc)
  • 15 min – motivate them
  • 1 hr – assist them with their studies (What happened in school, daily homework, Salah, Quran)
>> 1 hr Reading
>> 1 hr Religious understanding
>> 1 hr Dawah (means: Ijtema, Gust, etc)
>> 1 hr Educational Programs (Seeing television: News, Islamic Programmes, etc.)
>> 30 min exercise

Once in a week: picnic 2hr, school visit
Once in a month: 3-4hr Religious program

Plan your daily schedule for your success as well as for the triumph of your children. This was a brief sketch about planning the daily schedule for married person. Students can make their own time table according to their abilities and aim (But remember, salah is much more important than your career, don’t neglect Islam in the name of career.) You are the masters of your life, plan accordingly and achieve success in this life and in the hereafter. Insha Allah.

This article is an outcome of one of the program of a series called “Shamma-e-ilm” broadcasted on ‘Peace TV urdu’, Speaker: Mubarak Kapdi.

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