Back to Work

Back to Work

Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

Hosted by Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin.



#13: The Kid's Great

April 26, 2011 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 30 minutes

Dan and Merlin talk about "Cranking" - Merlin's latest post at 43folders.com.


#12: Chewie's Medal is Not Canonical

April 19, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

Merlin Mann has some "followup" before he and Dan Benjamin discuss entrusting your agency to others, how to reclaim it, and picking the right balance between expertise and challenge instead of fixing your metadata.


#11: Johnny Heuristic

April 12, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

Merlin Mann joins Dan Benjamin to talk about futureproofing your passion by finding your obsession and voice, putting away your buggy whip and evolving, spreading your chips out across safe and risky investments, and taking smarter chances.


#10: At Last the 'Inspiration' Show

March 29, 2011 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

Dan and Merlin try to remove the airquotes from "inspiration" by talking about what it's great for (shipping better and more interesting stuff), what it's terrible for (getting started). Also covered: Dan's Old Testament name(s), part of Merlin's body that was once believed to be inspired by air, the problem with Some Hot Chick Typing in Her Underwear, TKTKTK writing tips, plus Batgirl. Always with the Batgirl.


#9: Out of Scope!

March 22, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

Dan and Merlin improvise topics this week and get from Synechode, NY to dopamine, being scared and being safe, believing your thoughts and coloring your dreams, and solving problems by moving your hands instead of thinking.


#8: Little Velvet Hands

March 15, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

This week, Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin eighty-six their restaurant jobs—emptying grease traps, handling logs of meat, and sharing what they learned by bringing mostly bad food to America's table. Dan burns velvet hands, Merlin's Mom gives the guy with the coupon a kung fu, and old people want a monkey dish of sauce before they boost all your Sweet'N Low.


#7: Vocational Wheel

March 8, 2011 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin relate to Richard–a listener in the middle of a quarter life crisis working jobs he doesn't like–with stories from their pasts, suggestions to combat the cascade of seriousness, and some first steps for breaking out of the vocational wheel.


#6: Expectational Debt

March 1, 2011 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

Merlin Mann is back from Webstock and ready to recap with Dan Benjamin, which leads back to caring first, performance and fear, meditation, hypnotherapy, and why you really need the hard answer instead just more tips.


#5: Chigger Bites on the Bus Driver

February 15, 2011 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin talk about the black art of paying attention to the right things, how lamps are no substitute, that it's hard whether you’re working from home or a cube, being honest about your expertise before looking for independence, and the need to move past inspiration.


#4: Failing with Style

February 8, 2011 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin talk about trying to change other people, how things really aren’t that bad, balancing fear or being driven by fear, leaving capacity for when you get The Pitch, procrastination (eventually), and giving yourself permission to fail in an interesting way. You’re not gonna get black lung from a spreadsheet.