HOW AUTISTIC NICK IS PREPARING TO GO BACK TO WORK

HOW AUTISTIC NICK IS PREPARING TO GO BACK TO WORK

Ahh the Christmas Holidays, gone are the days of wrapping up in warm clothes, and hurrying out of your front door and your boot/shoe hitting the crisp white snow that has freshly fallen onto the ground.

As you walk towards the shops, you smile and greet strangers or local villagers that you know.

But this isn’t England and it’s not snowing (unless you live in a mountain region of Syndey or Melbourne).

Not for us the cold, dark, snowy filled days or yore, but for us it’s 38+ degrees in a sweltering heatwave of humidity and exhaustion!

But I am not about to write an in dept weather report, I know my lane and I’m sticking to it!

I am about to head back to work next week and so I am in the process of preparing myself.

HOW I AM DOING THIS?

I began to make a check list.

I usually begin my checklist process on the Wednesday, so that on Thursday I can do one last quick check and then head out the door towards the train station.

But I can hear you asking yourselves what do you take? What’s in the backpack? Unlike Detective Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan from the UK TV show Unforgotten I will show you. When will we see what’s in his backpack? When?

Here then is my checklist of items that I take with me to work secure in my backpack. I won’t be as secretive as Detective Sunil Khan. Just what is he hiding?

EMAIL

Today I sent out an email to my digital editor at work. I wanted her to be aware of my new working hours (in case no one had told her). I also asked if we could have a scheduled time on the Tuesday when I return to work (working from home). I wasn’t looking for a response straight away, but I just wanted to keep her informed and up to date. If I hadn’t gotten a reply by Friday, I would’ve chased her up. Lucky for me she emailed me back today.

EMAIL BEING SENT

PITCH IDEAS

Obviously over the festive period I hadn’t been thinking of allowing work to consume my thoughts. I was on a well-deserved break, and I hadn’t wondered why that stranger hadn’t by now replied to my email from last year.

I was bought a new notebook for Christmas, and I have begun to put it to good use. I have two solid ideas that I am confident that I can successfully pitch when I am next back at work.

MY NOTEBOOK

SMART RIDER CARD

I have made sure that my Smart Rider card has enough money on it for the year having recently topped it up via my Smart Rider account. The Smart Rider is a card that allows me to travel on trains, buses, or ferry’s but without having to use actual cash or a debit card.

This is a pre-loaded card that you simply tap and go with. To find out more click on the link here https://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/smartrider/types-of-smartrider this is for WA residents only.

SMARTRIDER CARD

BACKPACK ITEMS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL.

NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES

I make sure that these are packed the night before and, in the morning, before I leave for work, I double check that I have them in my bag.

Headphones
NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES

WORD SEARCH BOOK

I carry a word search book in my backpack as a sensory calming item. I usually make sure that I complete four searches on the train journey to work and then four on the train journey back from work. I find it prevents me from becoming overwhelmed and stressed and gives me something to focus on. Obviously, it cannot prevent a meltdown from occurring but it’s an aid, nevertheless.

MY WORD SEARCH BOOK

HOW MY DAY IS GOING TO BE STRUCTURED

In the email that was sent out I made sure that this structure was still in place and if any changes were needed to be made for the new year they could be made now instead of later causing me to get stressed.

This is very important to me to understand how my day was likely to be structured.

  1. I would come prepared with potential article ideas
  2. My mentor and I would have a meeting at 10.30am to discuss those ideas and to see which ones would work best in an article.
  3. Nick to go away and research, email potential interviewees, etc.
  4. The mentor to come and check on Nick at 12.30 pm to see what progress he’s made.
  5. The mentor will be my first contact, if they are busy then my boss and editor is the next person I can go to for advice/help.
  6. Before Nick leaves for the day, he and his mentor will have a quick meeting to discuss what stage of the article process Nick is at.
  7. My boss/editor has also informed me that I can as long as I give them enough notice I can work from home, and they will check in on me via Zoom.
  8. If Nick feels overwhelmed, he can email/text either the mentor or the boss just to let them know that he’s heading outside/to his quiet room.

PREPARING THE NIGHT BEFORE

This is something that I do without fail as I don’t want to forget anything and become stressed which could lead to me becoming overwhelmed and then head into a meltdown.

I made sure that pack my backpack the night before, this means packing my lunch, shaving, and washing and ironing an outfit suitable for work, making sure that my car has enough petrol in it, and my shoes are polished, I had my word search puzzle book and a pen, my work notebook, and a water bottle. I also made sure that my phone was fully charged before I left home (I took my recharger with me).

CARRY ON THE CONVERSATION

As always, I can also be found on Twitter:@AutisticNickAU and on the Autistic Nick Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AutisticNickAU/

Thank you for reading and I will see you next time for more thoughts from across the spectrum.

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