Assal‚mu 'alaykum wa rahmatull‚hi wa barak‚tuh.
I suggest that before engaging in various supererogatory acts (e.g. awr‚d, hizb, juz, etc.) you first ensure to fulfill all far‚'id, wujŻb and confirmed sunan. All those acts naturally revolve around the five daily sal‚h, so you just "follow the flow" of the sharÓ'ah so to say…
Examples for obligatory acts (far‚'id):
- Five daily sal‚h
- Fasting in Ramad‚n
- Learning the knowledge ('ilm) which is obligatory on you (e.g. 'aqÓdah, tah‚rah, sal‚h, zak‚h, sawm, hajj)
Examples for necessary acts (wujŻb):
- Praying every fard sal‚h in congregation (for males only)
- Praying sal‚t al-witr
- Keeping the beard at fist-length (for males only)
- Making up (qad‚) missed fasts, prayers, etc.
- Abstention from sins
Examples for confirmed sunnah acts (sunan al-mu'akkadah):
- Praying every confirmed sunnah sal‚h
- Reciting the confirmed sunnah du'‚ (e.g. du'‚ after adh‚n, after waking up from sleep, etc.)
- Reciting the confirmed sunnah adhk‚r (e.g. adhk‚r after fard sal‚h, after sunnah sal‚h, adhk‚r of the morning and evening, etc.)
The best books to cover your basic obligatory knowledge are:
- The Absolute Essentials of Islam (This should be the very first book given to a new Muslim.)
- Al-'AqÓdah al-Tah‚wiyyah (or wait for WhiteThreadPress' forthcoming edition of Al-'AqÓdah al-Tah‚wiyyah with 'All‚mah Maydani's commentary. There's also an alternative edition with explanation by Shaykh (Mawl‚n‚) Qari Muhammad Tayyib, former rector of the renowned Dar al-’UlŻm in Deoband, India.)
- Read those five books thoroughly at the very least.
- Stick to those five books, focus on them, master them, don't get distracted by the myriads of other books out there. These five are currently the best available books on the market; reliable, comprehensive content and top publishing/typesetting quality.
- Memorize and practice all sunan mentioned in Reflection of Pearls. (Reflection of Pearls has better typesetting and transliteration than Hisn al-Muslim and it also contains the HanafÓ qunŻt du'‚, which Hisn al-Muslim lacks.)
- If possible study Al-'AqÓdah al-Tah‚wiyyah, Al-Fiqh al-Akbar and NŻr al-ődah under a reliable scholar.
- If you don't have any local scholar available you can attend the free Euro-Sunni NŻr al-ődah online lessons with Shaykh (Mawl‚n‚) Muhammad Muslim after Ramad‚n 1431 AH.
There's no point in doing enormous amounts of naw‚fil 'ib‚dah if the far‚'id, wujŻb and confirmed sunan are not properly established in one's life. So focus on the above mentioned things; with this you should be busy for a good while and once you have implemented all those then you will insh‚ All‚h be ahead of a lot of people. After that you can move on and work towards other goals, depending on the dictates of sharÓ'ah and the needs of yourself, your family and your local community...
Hopefully this posting is helpful somehow, if yes, then please make du'‚ for me, jaz‚kumu Ll‚hu khayr.
و الله تعالى اعلم
Wassal‚mu 'alaykum wa rahmatull‚hi wa barak‚tuh.