A Brief History of Time Management

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Letts Diary

1812 John Letts founded a stationary business in 1796 in the arcades of London’s Royal Exchange, the city’s center of commerce from 1565 to 1939, but it was almost two more decades before the company made steps to become a leader in time management products. With merchants and traders who frequently bought from the shop clamoring for a business-oriented product, Letts introduced the world’s first commercial diary. Originally used to keep track of stock movements, the commercial diary helped merchants increase efficiency day-to-day. Its wild popularity established commercial diaries as a staple in work and life by the 1820s. Today, Lett’s manufactures more than 22 million diaries, calendars, and other products to increase productivity.