Efficient Living

Efficient Living, originally published in 1915, is a systematic and holistic approach to becoming more productive in every area of life. The ten chapters contained within this volume were originally published in The Independent, a leading weekly magazine; Edward Earle Purinton served as its Director of Efficiency Service. What was thought of as “efficiency” in the early twentieth century we consider “productivity” today. This work is based on Purinton’s personal study of over five hundred efficiency systems and methods as well as his direct work with authorities in health, psychology, social service experts, heads of corporations, and efficiency engineers. Chapters address maximizing one’s productivity in the areas of study and thought, household, work and finance, diet and health, and leisure. A guide to common problems encountered by those trying to live more efficiently is also included. Purinton’s techniques are simple, straightforward, and effective. In addition to serving as a practical guide for students of self-improvement, Efficient Living also provides unique insight for those studying progressive era efficiency methods.

Personal Efficiency in Business

Edward Earle Purinton’s Personal Efficiency in Business (1919) addresses the question of how to be effective in business while simultaneously maintaining balance in one’s personal affairs. At the time of its publication, Purinton was an internationally recognized efficiency expert; he served as the Dean of the American Efficiency Foundation and Director of the Independent Efficiency Service. This volume combines the practicality of Efficient Living and the wisdom of The Triumph of the Man Who Acts to advise managers, workers, and tradespeople on how to become more efficient by balancing body, mind, heart, and soul. He provides expert advice on every facet of business; from office to factory, sales to inventory, and office management to worker morale. The volume’s sixteen chapters were originally published as a series of articles in The Independent, a leading weekly magazine. When Personal Efficiency in Business was published, it was endorsed by the leading newspapers of its day, including the New York Times. The Indianapolis Star wrote, “Few books contain so many valuable suggestions in such small space.” Indeed, many of Purinton’s methods remain in use today and are still studied by students of business.