Kalisha likes to say that she really wants a job. It has become more important now that her niece and nephew (they live with us) have jobs and paychecks. It also becomes a longing when she is out of money and believes a job would alleviate that neediness. Welcome to the real world.
The problem is that Kalisha's track record with jobs and volunteer opportunities is a little lackluster. Some of that is due to her laziness and some of it is due to the efforts of job coaches who actually needed a job coach themselves. Ah, yes, that would be an entire series of posts. She once had a job at a McDonald's. It only lasted 2 1/2 days. That was several years ago and she probably would do much better now; however (and it is a big however) she likes her routines to be uninterrupted. She has certain times allotted for a shower, reading, naps, lunch, bus riding, etc. Jobs tend to get in the way of routines.
Her BC (behavioral consultant) suggested she needed to keep her volunteer commitments and her Friday cooking commitment for several months before we would consider looking for a job. I thought perhaps if she could SEE what 24 hours looked like, it would help, especially since she is a visual person.
I made a grid of 24 squares, representing hours from midnight to midnight. Then, with Kalisha's input, I listed all of her activities, lumping a few together under one title. (see picture)
She picked a color to go with each activity. I made lots of copies, put them in a 3-ring binder and each day, she colors in the appropriate color for each activity in the hours it takes place. I don't have to remind her to do it; she is coloring them in each day without my prompting.
As I looked at it, I thought perhaps I should do the same thing. I know I am doing something all the time....but am I? I don't mean to imply that we need to be busy every waking minute, but I think I might be surprised if I honestly filled in the squares. How about you? Do you want to join me? I'll send you my prototype. LOL!