1. Do not be like the majority of people who wait for the 27th to spend a night in worship. The Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam) stayed in I’itikaf (seclusion) for all the 10 nights seeking Allah’s pleasure. We have no guarantee that laylatul qadr will be the 27th night and in fact with moon sighting issues,(yes, I’m bringing it back up :)), we don’t even know for a fact which night is the 27th. So seek laylatul qadr every night and you will certainly catch it(in shaa Allah). Not only that but you would spend the other 9 nights conversing with your Creator, receiving His mercy and elevating your status.
2. Catch Fajr and Isha in congregation. ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: “I heard the Messenger of Allah(salAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam) saying: “One who performs ‘Isha prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night. And one who performs Fajr prayer in congregation, id as if he has performed Salat the whole night.”” [Muslim]
3. Pray the entire set of Taraweeh with the Imam. Taraweeh is qiyamul layl. Yes, it is permissible to pray as little or as much of it you want in any given day. But the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said that whoever prays with the Imam “until he leaves” would receive the full reward of qiyamul layl for the whole night. No one of us will be able to spend the entire night praying, so this, along with tip 3, is a good way to ensure that you get the entire credit.
4. Spend the night in different forms of worship so that you don’t get bored. You don’t have to spend the whole night in prayer. Instead you can take breaks and just make du’a. You can also specify a certain number of chapters of the Qur’an you want to read every night. You can also read a translation of the Qur’an or some ahadeeth as a break between prayers. Just keep yourself engaged. It’s also good to give charity and perform any extra good deeds in these nights.
5. Plan your du’as. This is the night for which the entire next year will be decreed. So choose your du’as wisely and make sure you make them with a clean heart.
Here is a tafseer that Omar Suleiman did some few years back on Suratul Qadr:
Rebroadcast and share for the Ajr.