A Brief History of Time Management

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A Treatise on Domestic Economy by Catherine Beecher

1841 Catherine Beecher, advocate for women’s education (and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe’s sister), dedicated her life to the idea that women could be as effective and competent as men. Sharing her sister’s belief in the power of the written word, she published A Treatise on Domestic Economy for the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School in an attempt to codify domestic duties and emphasize the importance of female labor. The book, which soon became a bestseller of the era, also served as a guide for time management. Beecher’s words taught habits to avoid wasting time in favor of productive activities like education.