Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Time Use reform?

It is an initiative for the promotion of a new culture of time and schedules in society, in order to improve the health and the quality of life of people – and in the scope of public organizations, its main goal is to promote public policies of time use that contribute to a healthier, more sustainable and more efficient society.

What is the timeusepolicies.INFO website?

This is a meeting point for municipalities to share and visualize their best practices related to time use public policy, to promote the time use reform and to make available to everybody applicable and realistic success cases.

What is the impact for society of improving the uses of time?

Our body is operated by an internal clock, known as circadian rhythms, which controls sleep, hunger and other key aspects of our health; but it also controls the more productive time slots of our day thanks to a higher cognitive performance. Also, the social organization of time has an impact on mobility, productivity, citizens’ quality of life and environment. This is why generally transforming our schedules would imply an improvement in our health, quality of life, life and work balance and the democratic quality of society.

Why is so important for municipalities to share their best practices?

To universalise smarter, more productive, more sustainable and healthier uses of time for society; but also, for visualising the measures the municipality has put into effect.

In which municipal areas is the time use reform applicable?

The debate upon the uses of time could be present in every aspect of municipal policies, as well as in the internal organization of the municipality. Regarding municipal policies, the time use policies may be applied in the schedules and working hours of municipal services, in the regulations of the productive and commercial fabric, in the organization of school activities and leisure, in mobility, and many others. Regarding the internal administrative organization of the municipality, the time use reform is mainly focused on promoting a new culture of time, based on trusting and following-up on objectives, avoiding presentism and promoting an organization based on time flexibility and productivity; allowing for healthier time slots for meals.