We live in a world where it seems like there is never enough hours in the day to accomplish our to-do lists. After you are diagnosed with diabetes, it may seem an impossible task to fit in all of the things your doctor recommends for proper treatment and good diabetes management into your schedule, especially on a daily basis.

But diabetes is life-changing, and cannot just be swept under the rug or put on the backburner to focus on another day. Proper diabetes management does take some effort and will require some time, but once you make it a part of your life it doesn't have to take the place of other activities.

The key is routine, routine, routine. As with any other healthy lifestyle choice, you have to create good habits. This can take some time, but once you are have established the correct habits and have created a daily routine that you follow consistently, you will find that diabetes can fit nicely into your already busy schedule. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started with your time management when it comes to diabetes.

  1. First and most important: test your blood sugar often. This is the best resource that you have literally at your fingertips to find out how you are doing with your diabetes management. Trying to correct high or low blood sugar levels can be very time consuming and quite cumbersome, not to mention miserable. It only takes a few seconds to test to make sure your blood sugar is still in range, then you can carry on.

  2. Plan your meals ahead of time instead of trying to figure out what to eat spur of the moment. You may wonder how this can save time when you have to take the time to plan, but in reality, the time you spend planning out healthy meals is well-spent. And it may just save your health.

  3. Make time for exercise. Exercise is very important to your health and will help keep your blood sugar levels in check. This is another habit that you just need to work to make it a part of your routine. Once you are in the habit, it won’t feel like it is taking time out of your day.

  4. Finally, take time to review how you are doing on a regular basis. This does not mean to just review with your doctor every few months and wait for him or her to tell you what to do next. Self-management is essential in great diabetes control. By taking a few minutes on a frequent basis just to go over your numbers and adjust anything that is out of place in your routine and diet, you will save yourself the time and pain of the consequences that can come from poor diabetes control.