A Brief History of Time Management

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

1990 The “Franklin” in time-management consulting firm Franklin Covey refers to Ben, for reasons noted earlier. Covey is Stephen Covey who in 1990 published The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which sold more than 10 million copies (and must be responsible for a significant rise in global GDP). With its focus on principles and renewal, “Seven Habits” at once transcends mechanistic notions of efficiency and connects those notions with a larger purpose. It also has plenty of advice: be proactive, put first things first.