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Time management: skills to learn and put into practice

María Alvarez Sainz (Department of Applied Economics V, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain)
Ana M. Ferrero (Department of Applied Economics V, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain)
Arantza Ugidos (Department of Foundations of Economic Analysis II, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 8 February 2019

Issue publication date: 12 July 2019




The knowledge society determines a work scenario in which it is essential to manage time efficiently; a non-innate skill that should be learned at the university. The paper aims to discuss this issue.


This research analyzes the attitude, habits and time management of the Economics and Business students of the UPV/EHU, in order to propose/design/specific activities for its achievement. Through a self-administered questionnaire, the sample data are obtained, which are analyzed at a descriptive and multivariate level.


The decisive factor is not the amount of time available but the management that is made of it. In general, students pay attention to short-term planning and lack habits and attitudes in the long term.

Practical implications

Unaware of the advantages of a correct use of time, students do not develop skills such as self-organization, prioritization of objectives and activities, etc., which is why the intervention of the educational system is necessary in order to develop this skill.


This study focuses on the importance of developing skills, beyond the strictly technical, essential in professional performance regardless of the function assigned in the organizational chart/organization. It is about assessing time management as an integral part of higher education, competence expressed on paper, but not developed in practice. The originality and novelty of this research consists of defining new dimensions of time management and proposing some specific actions to be implemented to get a better time management.



Alvarez Sainz, M., Ferrero, A.M. and Ugidos, A. (2019), "Time management: skills to learn and put into practice", Education + Training, Vol. 61 No. 5, pp. 635-648.



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