We already talked about 10 habits you should be developing now before Ramadan in a previous post. Here are another 10 to add to the list of things to start doing now and well into Ramadan.
Make others happy
Smile at others and offer a helping hand where you can. Ramadan can be a stressful time for some, so plan out nice things you can do to make some else’s Ramadan enjoyable.
Cut down on unnecessary outings
Time spent out is time lost in ibaadah. Start getting comfortable at home, and schedule your outings. When you feel like going out on impulse, ask yourself how you’ll benefit and what you could be doing instead. I’m sure, you’ll find yourself stuck in traffic during iftar a lot less this Ramadan.
Limit time spent online or watching TV
If you have to turn off your timer or unplug your TV to help you cut down, start doing so now. Both screens are our boredom remedies, but there are so many more valuable things you could be doing with your time.
Whether you talk on the phone a lot of scroll through your smartphone almost involuntarily its time to start managing it. There are apps that can help with this by shutting down most features so that you can focus on one task. Or you can do what my friend does. She turns off her phone and leaves a message indicating the times she’s available. This limits her incoming phone calls, and makes her more productive.
With the long hours ahead, we need to start breaking ties with food gradually. It will train your stomach and mind to function and continue your day without thinking so much about food.
Spend less time in the kitchen
If there’s one thing that eats away at our time during Ramadan, it’s meal prepping. This is the time to start pulling out those 30 minute recipes on Pinterest.
If you aren’t accustomed to giving, start developing this habit now. Or start saving and give charity during Ramadan as the rewards are multiplied. But remember, charity is not only financial. You can offer your time, donate items and clothes, and even some acts of worship are considered charity such as saying Alhamdulillah, Subhannallah, Allaahu Akbar, and laa ilaaha illallah.
Read hadiths about Ramadan
What better way is there to prepare mentally and spiritually than reading up on the virtues of this blessed month. We know, we read and listen to lectures every year, but we forget. So start pumping up your eman and build enthusiasm by going through the countless resources available online about Ramadan.
Fasting for an entire month really leaves, or should leave you, reflecting on the immense blessings you have. But don’t wait until the end of Ramadan to regret all the complaining about food, hunger, kids, husband, heat, tiredness, money etc. Say Alhamdulillah for every situation and avoid complaining just for the sake of conversation! Sometimes, we don’t even realize we’re being ungrateful in the casual things we say. Practice this now, so you don’t risk reducing your rewards in Ramadan
Be grateful that you are this close to the biggest opportunity of the year to land a seat in Jannaah. When you are grateful for your blessings, you increase in your love for Allaah. When you love Allaah more, you taste the pure sweetness of Eman and your worship becomes that much more enjoyable. Start practicing gratitude now so that Ramadan will be that spiritual high it is intended to be.