As the blessed month of Ramadan comes to an end, many of us want to continue the good habits we began during the month. The desire to better yourself is an integral part of our faith and every effort of practicing good habits counts! Here are three tips for keeping up your good habits after Ramadan.
Quantify your habits
If you want to create a concrete habit, using a set value as your benchmark can help you practice that action more consistently. When you have a clear goal, it is easier to put it into action.
Try putting a number on your worship goals, such as praying Nafl salat or Fajr prayer at least 3 times a week or reading at least 10 pages of the Quran a week, or fasting Mondays and Thursdays. These numbers can be as big or as small as you want, just make sure you are consistent in following through. Remember, Allah (SWT) loves all actions that are consistent, and as long as you’ve made the intention the journey will become easier!
Find Support From a Buddy
Post-Ramadan blues are real! Grab a friend to join in on your habits. Having someone who has the same goals as you will help you stay on track. Moreover, you can encourage each other and hold each other accountable. Having a friend who will do the same worship as you will help you stay consistent, and you can both gain the rewards of practicing good habits.
Track Your Progress
Keeping a record of the good habits you practice is a great way to track your progress. By writing down what ibadah/habits you do in a day, you will see what you accomplish, and be motivated to keep going. Use your log as a way to track your habits, and don’t forget to reward yourself for consistency!
The purpose of Ramadan is for spiritual, mental, and physical renewal. During the month, we work towards renewing our spiritual goals and in doing so, commit to practicing good habits. Let’s continue the good habits all year long!