Preparing to go out
Things to help you in preparing for an appointment, work, catching up with a friend, volunteering, going to school, TAFE or a community course.
Know how long you take to wake up and set your alarm to allow at least half an hour to get ready. There are things you can do the night before that will help you get ready to be able to leave on time and have a successful day.
Preparing the night before
- Have an idea of what clothes you are going to wear the night before, it just makes things easier in the morning.
- If possible, make your lunch the night before or at least pack most of it and prepare a sandwich in the morning.
- What is even easier is making lots of sandwiches and freezing them.
- Try not to drink coffee or alcohol, or smoke too much straight before bed, you will be too hyped up to sleep and may not be able to wake up in the morning.
- Getting the right amount of sleep is important. Eight hours is optimal and the more hours before midnight the better.
- If you go out, try and get home at a reasonable hour. When it comes to your friends, try and leave heavy socialising for the weekends.
- You may have to learn to say ‘no’ if people want to come over every night.
- Figure out what is important to you and what works best for you, and try to be happy with your own company sometimes.
- Don’t leave the TV on all night in your room. It’s even better to watch it in the lounge and just go to bed to sleep.
- If you are watching in bed use a timer if your TV has one.
- Try to do all chores when you get home each day so you can relax once you have cooked tea, tidied up and done the dishes, and are ready for the next day.
- Set yourself a reminder for the morning.
Use a reminder
- Most people have at least one tool they use to help them remember what they have to do (like your phone).
- Diaries, to do list, appointment books, calendars and smart phones are common examples: everyone’s different in how they keep track of the events in their lives.
- However it looks, this kind of tool is often referred to as a “visual timetable”. Some people also call it a “visual schedule”.
- Keep clothes and person clean and tidy.
- Don’t leave clothes on the floor – apart from them getting smelly and squashed up, they can get spiders and bugs in them.
- Wear clean underwear and socks every day.
- Use deodorant each day.
- Brush hair and teeth each day
- Have clean nails.
- It is important to wash towels and clothes regularly – this will keep them fresh: smelly towels and clothes will transfer onto a person’s body even if showering each day.
To help you consider what you may need to do to go out, check out our Planning a Trip below.
Find out more about Transport, concessions, and rideshares here.
Planning a Trip
Use this tool to help you get ready to go out.
Download Planning-a-Trip.pdf [200.28kb]