Lesson 5: Scheduling

You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.
–Mike Litman
Lesson 5 Scheduling

Congratulations you are half way through the course! With this lesson we are going to talk about scheduling. Lesson 4 touched on scheduling since scheduling and flexibility go hand in hand. If you are getting a ride from someone ask the person first before you schedule your appointment. When you make your appointments in this order it will make everyone’s life much easier. Also when you schedule things add extra time. Now that you are disabled things will take longer. This applies to getting places and accomplishing everyday tasks.
The following are your five options to get places:
1. Walk – depends on where you are going and your disability.
2. Friend or loved one – This in my opinion, is the best option. You need less of a window and get to and from your appointments easily.
3. Para-transit – This is where a bus or van picks you up at your door and takes you to where you need to go (door to door service). You generally need to schedule at least 24 hours in advance, maybe a charge, if so more than a bus. You will be picked up at least an hour before your appointment. The service also has a half hour window to pick you up. So if you want picked up at 11am, they could pick you up between 10:45am and 11:15am.
4. Bus – Depends on the schedule how quickly you can get to and from your appointment. Also you need to consider the location of the bus stops.
5. Taxi – I would probably consider this the last option and certainly the most expensive. They do provide door to door service.

“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man
who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems
to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage,
and Constancy and the greatest of all is Confidence. When you believe in a thing,
believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably!”
Walt Disney

If you are going to use the bus have the number for the bus programmed into your phone. This will come in handy.
Tips on reading a bus schedule:
1. Outbound means it is leaving the bus station
2. Inbound means it is coming into the bus station
3. Generally the time and stops listed are the major stops, and there are smaller stops in between. If you are getting on at an in between stop use the time that the bus is at the stop before. Once you get used to the bus, you can judge how long it takes to get from that stop to your stop, but when you start be at the stop at the time when it is going to be at the stop before.
4. Have your money or ticket ready. You pay as soon as you get on the bus. Most bus companies have a discount for riders that are disabled so check at your local bus station.
5. Before getting on the bus ask and make sure it is the bus you want to get on.
6. When you get on the bus tell the driver what stop you want to depart and let him know you will need help knowing when it is your stop. If you do not do this you may miss your stop.
Remember that the bus often runs late so just because the schedule says it will arrive at a certain time, it could be late. So do not make any appointments to close to the time you are scheduled to arrive at your destination.
This is another time when the skills you learned back in lesson 3 on patience will come in handy. Make sure you always have something to do, whether it be something to read, some music to listen to, or something else to do, you will generally have time on your hands.
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden

Scheduling daily activities will also more than likely take more time. When you are planning to cook a big dinner for example, be prepared to have it take much longer than you had planned. This may change in the future, but when you are newly disabled you need to remember to always schedule more time than you think it will take.
What scheduling challenges have you had? Go to the private Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/10lessonempowerment/
and share, maybe the group can help. Our next lesson will look at speaking up for yourself.

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