Don Carson’s Productivity Tips

I came across an interview with D.A. Carson in January’s edition of Tabletalk magazine. As part of the interview, Don was asked about what his average workday and workweek looks like. He proceeded to give three secrets of productivity. Considering the sheer quantity of his workload in teaching, speaking, and writing, these tips carry some weight.

1. Learn to fill in the little empty periods that clutter each day.

2. Don’t fritter. When you work, work hard; when you are not working, quit entirely.

3. Discover how different aspects of your work can leverage other aspects of your work. For example, choosing your reading to feed into that you’ll be preparing over the next six or nine months adds to godly efficiency.


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