A paper that changed my practice: A lesson in time management

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 08 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:j
  1. Elaine Ristinen
  1. physician in occupational and preventive medicine, New York

    In the 1950s, when I was a student at Harvard University, long before I embarked on a medical career, I read the women's pages in the Boston Globeregularly. The section was devoted to homemaking and was chockful of news, articles, and advice about housekeeping, meal preparation, childcare, and gardening. One piece of advice that I found there, and started to implement immediately, was the principle of “15 minutes a day.”

    Housewives who despaired of ever getting …

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