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The ONLY Post Ramadan Game Plan You Need! + WORKSHEET

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So you thought the battle was over. No, it’s just begun.

Ramadan may be over, the samosas have been eaten and the kebabs have been destroyed. We’ve filled our bellies, laughed and enjoyed Eid with our loved ones. But how do we plan on feeding our souls for the rest of the year until next Ramadan?

It may seem crazy to think about next Ramadan so close to us saying goodbye to this one, but as the saying goes, if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. In looking towards the future and taking stock of this Ramadan, we can set clear consistent goals that insha Allah will take us through to the next.

So here’s how I put together my post Ramadan goals!

Ramadan may be over, the samosas have been eaten and the kebabs have been destroyed. We've filled our bellies, laughed and enjoyed Eid with our loved ones. But how do we plan on feeding our souls for the rest of the year until next Ramadan?

POST GAME DEBRIEF

The purpose of a debrief is to learn from what you did well and at times, what could have been done better. I always find that starting off with the positives makes me more realistic with the improvements.

For me, consistently reading/ reflecting on the Qur’an is one thing I found enjoyable this Ramadan. Since becoming a mum, I didn’t think I’d ever get much time to do this again but you make time for the things that are important to you. I made the decision to sign up to Bayyinah TV again and use that as my primary learning tool and it worked a treat.

One thing I didn’t do well this Ramadan is keep my temper. I started off strong and then stumbled towards the end. I discovered that, keeping things bottled up and not addressing them led to an unbelievable meltdown. It’s something that I will definitely be more conscious of in the future insha Allah.

 

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I put together some post Ramadan prompts so you can debrief and get up to speed with how your Ramadan really went. It’s important to be honest with yourself so you can move forward and make effective change. You can download it by Christal Joan Post Ramadan Game Plan Debrief Worksheet (5 downloads) .

 

CHOOSING REALISTIC GOALS

When I was thinking about what I wanted to achieve during Ramadan 2017, I told myself to be realistic. The same should be done when thinking about goals going forward as well. Yes, aim high but you know your limits. Setting yourself up for failure is never good and makes it even harder to get back on track if you do slip up.

Take account of how much time you really have and what your capabilities really are. For example, you could choose to read 5 pages of Qur’an every night, but if you know you can’t do that due to time constraints that weren’t there during Ramadan you may want to reduce that number. It’s about quality, not quantity.

Part of setting realistic goals is also tracking them. I know the bullet journal world has gone off with a bang so it might be something you want to consider for yourself. Mariam Poppins has some great bullet journal inspiration over on her blog, feel free to check it out.

I’ve written on working smarter not harder in a previous blog and some of the tips could easily be applied to your post Ramadan game plan.

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT IBAADAH

You’ve done taraweeh (the night prayers in Ramadan). You’ve done qiyyamul layl (spending part of the night in prayer/ remembrance of Allah) in the last 10 days. Now, it’s time to see if you can carry on at least 10% of that until next Ramadan.

Your ibaadah goals don’t have to be elaborate. They’re completely personal to you, as they should be. Ibaadah (worship) is not just limited to how many rakat you pray. You may also want to think about creating a weekly dua list for each area of your life (printable coming soon insha Allah).

My ibaadah goals are:

  • Praying tahajjud atleast once a week
  • Reading Surah Kahf every Friday (in Arabic or translation)
  • Taking the time to reflect on an ayah a week
  • Give sadaqah on a weekly basis

 

SADAQAH SAVINGS

When people hear sadaqah, they automatically think money. And money makes people panic. Can I afford it? How much is too little?

Firstly, stop. Take a breath and read this ayah.

“O you who believe! Spend of that with which We have provided for you, before a Day comes when there will be no bargaining, nor friendship, nor intercession. And it is the disbelievers who are the Zaalimoon (wrongdoers)”
[al-Baqarah 2:254] 

Even if it’s only a few pence, it is what Allah has provided for you and insha Allah when given with the right intention could amount to Mount Uhud on the Day of Judgement!

I made a promise to myself that every time I went to the masjid and had pocket change, I’d put the lot into the charity box and not count it. So far it’s been great. It’s been a real exercise of trust for me as I don’t know how much I’m giving and putting my trust in Allah that whatever I give will not decrease my wealth but increase it in this life and the next.

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If you can’t make it to the masjid to do the same I’d suggest making a sadaqah jar at home. It doesn’t have to be a fancy jar, maybe even a mason jar or an old curry jar. Whatever works for you! And if you really don’t have the money, check out my article on 5 ways to give sadaqah all year round which has a great FREE option.

 

How are you working towards next Ramadan and what improvements could you have made? Comment below!

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18 thoughts on “The ONLY Post Ramadan Game Plan You Need! + WORKSHEET

  1. Aisha says:

    Alhamdulillah! I was just getting to my goals today as the start of a month. Timing is perfect. Plus i signed up! 😊

    • Christal Joan says:

      Jazakillahu khayrun for the sign up sis. I can’t believe 6 months have gone already, defo a time to reflect and reorganise insha Allah

    • Christal Joan says:

      Jazakillahu khayrun sis. It’s something new I’m trying to try and break up the text and not make things so serious lol. Glad you liked them alhamdulillah

  2. Umm Ruqaiya says:

    Ma sha ALLAH you have nice and realistic goals!
    By the way, I have a simple Sadaqah Jar and ma sha ALLAh it works really well, alhamdulillah – people who are still “thinking” about making it better get started!
    Very good downloadable file, jazakILLAHu khair

    • Christal Joan says:

      Wa iyyaki sis. What better time to start than now! Alhamdulillah you liked the printable, insha Allah I’m trying to make more of them

  3. Multicultural Motherhood says:

    I have never thought about doing a ramadan debrief before. I definitely didn’t do as much as I wanted to and I think that was due to lack of preparation. Need to be more prepared next year. #MuslimahBloggers

    • Christal Joan says:

      Insha Allah sis I have a way of over burdening myself so a debrief is great for me so I can get down to the nitty gritty and be realistic about what I’m going to do. Jazakillahu khayrun for the comment

  4. Lubna says:

    Cultivate a good habit during 30 days of Ramadan and continue it to rest of life….I have been doing this since my college days…whether it is reciting Darood tasweeh after every Namaz or reading Tahajud or reading Salatul Hajat ki namaz…..You have written very well about sadaqah….it is one thing which need to be followed regularly…..

    • Christal Joan says:

      Masha Allah sis. May Allah swt keep you firm in your ibaadah, Ameen. You’ve even given me some food for thought here so jazakillahu khayrun

  5. Carla says:

    Mashaa Allah I love this post! I think one of the reasons why I felt particularly positive at the end of this Ramadan was because I was already projecting forwards with intentions of what positive habits I wanted to continue throughout the year. Weekly sadaqah was one of mine, and I love your idea of keeping a sadaqah jar 🙂 <3 Great tips!

    • Christal Joan says:

      Jazakillahu khayrun sis. I think you hit the nail on the head there. Going into Ramadan we should have had the intention to keep those good behaviours for well beyond the blessed month and not just a change for 30 days insha Allah. Jazakillahu khayrun for the comment

    • Christal Joan says:

      Insha Allah sis. It’s worth thinking about before the “Ramadan feeling” wears off. It’s so easy to personalise to yourself as well so you don’t fall into overwhelm

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