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For Teens & Young Adults

Prioritizing and Planning

By in For Teens & Young Adults

Taking care of diabetes can be like a full-time job on top of all of the other responsibilities in your life. How can one person do it all?  You can start by taking a step back and prioritizing what’s most important.

You can re-prioritize your time:

  • Step 1: Write down how much time you spend on sleep, school, homework, extracurricular activities, watching tv, getting together with friends, chores, personal care (such as getting ready for school), and anything else you do.
  • Step 2: Make adjustments to allow for more time for things you want and need to do, and reduce time on areas where you’re spending too much time.  For example, if finding time to check your blood glucose is difficult, plan to check it before you allow yourself to play your favorite game on your phone or watch TV.

Designate one day of the week to look ahead at your schedule and obligations for the rest of the week. This will allow you to plan your time and diabetes care more efficiently.  For example, if you think that you will run out of insulin in your pump on the date you have a late rehearsal or practice, then plan to have your supplies with you so you don’t run out.

Schedule a diabetes family meeting. You can discuss trends, what positively or negatively affected your blood glucose, and possible dose adjustments.  For example, you may pick that on Sunday at 7pm, you and your parents will review last week’s glucose numbers together and work as a team to problem-solve how to tackle the next week.

Once you’ve created a routine for yourself, managing your diabetes  may not feel like such a chore, and you will find that you have more time to do the other things you enjoy!