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.



#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.


#3: The Second Arrow

February 1, 2011 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discuss ADD, Buddhism, mindfulness, concentration, and insight.


#2: Picture of a Boat

January 25, 2011 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin formulate a five-minute warning tactic before discussing the reality of bringing change to your company, some patterns that work for startups, solving the right problem at the right level, why you can’t find the innovation button, and using PathFinder as a Finder replacement.


#1: Alligator in the Bathroom

January 18, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

In the inaugural episode of Back to Work, Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discuss why they’re doing this show, getting back to work instead of buying berets, the lizard brain, and compare the Shadow of the Mouse to San Francisco, and eventually get to some practical tips for removing friction.