Updated: May 17, 2022
“How do you possibly get anything done?”
Anyone who experiences being with me for a day comes out thinking that I’m permanently chilling. Often I hear remarks like, “Do you even do anything?” or “It’s unbelievable that you get anything done.”
Just today, while a pair of visiting friends were witnessing my chilled nature, asking these same questions, I pointed out the fact to them that, on this very day, we were launching a course, full blitz, and they knew that — they were receiving the emails. I said, “See, even though today is one of my busiest days of the year, you can see I’m still chilling, spending the day with you, my guests, without burdening my mind.” They nodded in acknowledgement.
Today I’d like to open the hood and show you three task management techniques that I use every day that have truly helped me master my time. I’ve experimented with many things, and after many years, these are the techniques that I kept with because they work.
One: Visionaire Dua Focus One of the most confusing questions I get asked is, “So, Muhammad. What do you do?” If I was to open one of those online “occupation” drop-down lists, no matter how long and comprehensive it may be, it has nothing that fits my life. I don’t live my life ‘doing’ an occupation.
When people ask my mom, “So, what does your son Muhammad do,” she’s like, “I don’t know.” I tell her, “Don’t worry, I don’t know either.”
Want to know my real answer to the “So what do you do?” question? The answer is, “Every six months I go on a personal retreat. At that retreat, I brainstorm and visualize my key ambitions and desires. I turn six of the big ones into Duas, my DREAM Duas. Then, for the next six months, I make Dua for those things and actively work on them week after week.
That is why I don’t have a to-do list. I have a Dua list that I pray for daily, and that pulls me forward.
Two: Want my personal email? No (with a smile, of course, but I’m serious). One thing I teach in Time Traveller, a personal development course that focuses on Time Management, to master your time you have to minimize and get control of the number of ‘inboxes’ that you have. For me, my email is reserved for family and upper management. If I get emails, however few, they will always be important ones. After my business emails are taken c