My journey of going from someone who couldn’t even imagine writing about Islam to someone who’s started this ambitious project called Soulful Productivity


“But why are you even doing it now? Why didn’t you do it earlier?”

I was asked this question by many of my beloved family members as I worked to do some décor in my apartment — an apartment that is rented and which I might move out of in…


What’s a dream job? Does it even exist?

In my last entry for Medium Writers Challenge, welcome to my wild roller coaster of a ride as I try to solve the puzzle of what’s a dream job and how you even find it. So strap on and enjoy the ride.

What I’d known, for the longest time ever…


The story of my career in medicine that went from being my dream job to something I felt forced into, and how I was able to regain some of my passion

My journal shows that it was the17th of July, 2016, when I wrote the entry titled ‘The dilemma with my career in medicine’.

This entry was all about how I no longer cared about medicine the way I once did, and it was quite a surprising thing for me to…


My first entry into Medium Writers Challenge, this is my story of how I went from wanting everything to be planned to realizing that nothing is in our control, and that maybe it’s a good thing

I have always wanted an easy life.

This is not to say that I never wanted problems, but just that I wanted the kind of problems that I can handle.

You see, I had this well-crafted plan for my life, including things I want to do or achieve and the…


Ramadan is long gone, but another Eid is approaching, so it’s a great time to be reflecting on the things you learned in Ramadan and remembering those lessons again

Ramadan is long gone, but another Eid is approaching, so it’s a great time to be reflecting on the things you learned in Ramadan and remembering those lessons again.

With that in mind, we present to you the latest episode of the Soulful Productivity podcast, which is all about Ramadan…


The very first episode of the Soulful Productivity podcast, where we talk about productivity and how following the principles of Islam actually helps you be MORE productive

Photo by Mishaal Zahed on Unsplash

You can find the episode here:

Google Podcasts: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81ZWEzZTExYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

And if you don’t use these platforms, you can catch it here: https://anchor.fm/soulful-productivity

Assalamualaikum and welcome to the very first episode of Soulful Productivity — a podcast where we talk about ideas on how to live and work at your best and find joy in…


Morning routines seem all the rage these days. But what does it take to make a good one, and can a morning routine actually make you successful?

Morning routines are everywhere. Everyone seems to be sharing their own Mornings For Success, or sharing the morning routines of the most successful people on earth. Whats more, there’s even an email newsletter that shows the morning routines of successful people.

Given all this hype, it’s no wonder that most…


Hello and a big welcome to the second edition of The Daily Edit, which can technically be called the first ‘proper’ edition because the first one was just an introduction to the newsletter.

Here I talk about my daily blogging journey and how my thoughts and process evolves each week.


Screens can wise you up and dumb you down. FOMO is real and fake. It’s *never* five minutes.

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

So here goes: Day two of my posts about rules to help you live better. In case you missed the first one, it was all about how to be more productive. Now, without further ado, let’s begin talking about rules for a better screen time:

  1. Focus on the quality rather…

Atiba Shaikh

Founder + podcaster @ Soulful Productivity. Follow me for insights on Islamic productivity, podcasting, and daily blogging

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store