The Key is not Spending but Investing Time - Students’ Time Management and the Impact on Perceived Stress and Psychological Well-Being

Mattern, J., Lansmann, S., Mersmann, M.


Abstract
The digital society impacts the learning and teaching environment at universities. Due to Information and Communication Technology, current students who are also called digital natives, have a high level of autonomy in performing their study related tasks. However, they also face challenges like being permanently online that lead to increased stress levels. Since previous research has identified time management as a coping strategy for stress, we suggest that it is helpful for students in the digital society. Based on a survey encompassing 51 students, the present study examines the impact of time management on perceived stress and psychological well-being. Our data shows that time management positively predicts psychological well-being. Surprisingly, the data does not reveal any relationship between time management and perceived stress. This study is the first to examine IS students as representatives for digital natives in the context of time management and its relation to stress and well-being. Our findings suggest that universities should account for stressors of the digital society and should include time management modules for encouraging higher levels of health among students.

Keywords
time management, stress, psychological well-being, students



Publication type
Conference Paper

Peer reviewed
Yes

Publication status
Accepted

Year
2019

Conference
Proceedings of the 32nd Bled eConference

Venue
Bled, Slovenia