A Brief History of Time Management

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2011 Hotmail, Microsoft's e-mail service, sponsored a competition for the best ideas for time-saving inventions. Top prize went to the "Hairwush," which allows the hurried to simultaneously wash, condition, dry, and style their hair. A combination alarm clock-coffee maker was among the other entries, and a watch that freezes time was deemed the ultimate time-saving device of the future. In an accompanying survey men voted the computer the greatest time-saver ever. Women went for the washing machine. —Leigh Buchanan and Drew Gannon