It has been more than three weeks that I wake at 5 in the morning, press the snooze button and then get back to sleep that for ‘five minutes more’. This ‘five minutes’ extend to more than two hours that spoil my early morning schedule. I am sure I am not the only person who experiences this every now and then.
Do you know why it happens to us? It is because we are not punctual. We beg ourselves for few minutes and then we are late for the important meeting, we miss the train and much more. To avoid this and to be punctual we need to be prepared psychologically. We need to tell ourselves that we have to be on time no matter what the circumstances are.
Not being punctual sends out a message that we don’t value time and the task which we procrastinate frequently.
Of course, we cannot be punctual every time and place. However, there are some activities that demand punctuality. For instance, office schedule, Muslims’ prayers and such that.
The Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) said, “Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth before you become old; your health, before you fall sick; your wealth, before you become poor; your free time before you become preoccupied, and your life, before your death.” (Narrated by Ibn Abbas in the Mustadrak of Hakim and Musnad Imam Ahmad. Sahih)
I remember the two incidents when I really got inspired to be punctual. The incidents also demonstrate how we can prepare ourselves to be punctual.
It was back-to-home traveling from college by Mumbai local train with one of my Muslim friends. In the middle of the traveling, we realized that it is time for Asar prayer (which is observed around 4 to 5 in the evening).
Me: I will pray at home.
Friend: Why don’t you pray on the train only? We can pray while sitting on the seat.
Me: Why pray in the train when we can pray at home? We will have time for it after reaching home.
Friend: What if we die before reaching home. We will be questioned for not praying this Asar prayer. We have seat to sit and pray without disturbing anyone.
It is also narrated in Bukhari (Hadith book) that The best of deeds in the sight of Allah is salah at the beginning of its time.
We prayed the Asar prayer without disturbing anyone.
We would have missed the prayer if we did not perform the prayer on the train. Our mind is prone to procrastination. The minute we delay anything it gets delay more and more. Which we all experience in life.
This incident taught me that if it is time to do something and we have possibilities to pursue the task then go ahead no matter where you are and what you are doing. Because we don’t know whether we will have the opportunity to pursue the task afterward. This attitude makes us punctual.
Just a few days ago, I went to one of my client’s office to work on a project. As soon as I reached his office he asked me whether I prayed Maghrib prayer (observed around 6:30 to 7) or not. Since I was in my cab heading towards his office I did not get time for the prayer.
While making wodu (ablution) for the prayer I was wondering where we will perform the prayer because no mosque was available to his office proximity. But, as we finished our wodu my client led me to one of his office chambers where prayer-mat was laid for prayers. We performed the prayer and got back to work.
This incident taught me that if we make excuses we cannot be punctual. We have to arrange resources according to our necessities to fulfill the tasks punctually.
“When salah is the least of your concerns, then what is your most important concern? As much as you fix your salah, your life will be fixed. Did you not know that salah was equated with Success: ‘Come to Prayer, Come to Success.’ How can you ask Allah for success when you are not responding to His right upon you?”
Whenever procrastination prevail especially when it’s for prayers I remind myself these two incidents which make me active and help me to evade procrastination.