Schedules are always tight during Ramadan. With getting up for suhoor, preparing and eating Iftar and then heading out for taraweeh prayers, timing is definitely important for our non-fasting hours.
Of course, there’s plenty of time during our 16-hour fasts, but who has the energy to do any extra work? In that time between Asr and Maghrib, all I’m ready for is a nap.
But, there’s also a very good consequence to all this. Ramadan is all about teaching us discipline. People become more efficient because they have to be.
I know that I make an effort to get things done in the morning and afternoon, when I know I’ll be most productive. I also utilize my time after maghrib, when I’m usually more tempted to just relax on the couch, to run errands and do other things that I just don’t have the energy for post-work.
I think many of us push ourselves during Ramadan in the hopes that some of those changes we’ve made carry out throughout the rest of the year. It’s not surprising that it’s a tiring month, but that’s by design.
Have you guys had a hard time scheduling everything you need to do during Ramadan? Or are you big fans of a month of a very rigid timetable?
Pop Culture Hijabi is a weekly column by Nadia Malik. Malik is a former newspaper reporter based in Chicago who’s now making her way as a freelancer. She spends entirely too much time watching TV and reading pop culture, fashion and TV blogs. She also occasionally consumes serious books and news. No, really. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org with “pop culture hijabi” in the subject line, follow her at www.twitter.com/nadiamalik or simply leave a comment below.