The following will, insha’Allah, help someone make the absolute most of these blessed nights.
– The time for laylatul Qadr is from Maghrib until Fajr.
– Get rid of distractions during the day including phone calls, bills etc.
– Sleep after Dhuhr so you’re fresh at night.
– Ask family if they need anything before Maghrib and sort it out then so you can dedicate the night to Allah.
– Try to leave the phone off as much as possible: you’re trying to get 1,000 months worth of good deeds!
– Have a quick suhoor with dates and water and if not, then anything else will do.
– Go to the Musjid for salah, home is better for women. Do adkhar after salah fully and then pray the Sunnah.
– Come home after salaah and avoid pleasure eating. Eat less these days and you’ll see you can cry so much more in your du’a and sujood.
A number of the scholars like Anas ibn Malik would say there is a type of night prayer between Maghrib and Esha so pray at that time. Give charity at this time too whether it’s online or some other way. Give someone a reminder even via text and text relatives. These are all good deeds.
Make sure you make the intention to sit in itikaaf, as according to the majority there is no set time, then go to the Musjid and stay there from Esha till tarawih. Concentrate totally in salah and stay with the imam, whether he prays 11, 20 or whatever other amount of rakah so you get the reward for praying the whole night!
Come home and spend the rest of the night in du’a, dhikr, Qur’an and optional prayers.
Dhikr includes salat upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم , SubhanAllah, Alhumdulillah, Allahuakbar, istighfaar, SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi, and everything else you know.
In the time just before Fajr, do lots of istighfar and du’a.
After tarawih, some musjids offer Qiyam Ul layl; go to this if you can, especially if you don’t think you can do the same amount at home or will be lazy.
Do not take a long time with your suhoor and iftar, during these ten days sacrifice your food!
Finally, forgive anyone that has done anything bad to you in your du’a. Imagine if you were to die, what would you have wanted to achieve? Sweetness in the prayer? A legacy? Hajj? In your du’a ask for anything and everything, now is the time to ask.
Please forward as most don’t know what they are supposed to do or end up wasting time doing other things.