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.



#20: Muscle of Failure

June 14, 2011 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Merlin and Dan talk about getting started, putting on your shoes instead of shopping for pedometers, false dilemmas, doing as much work with your hands as you've done in your head, why you should leave some water in the pump, meta-fiddling, and getting better.


#19: Corner Casey Kasem

June 7, 2011 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

Merlin and Dan talk about mindful tool adoption, screwdriver museums, why Vi users may (or may not) be cannibalistic insects—plus debate on whether a home video of a toy horse falling down in someone's bathroom is about Humanity. Also, Dan effs with Merlin's head. Again.


#18: Forking the Question

May 31, 2011 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

Merlin and Dan talk about educating "That's Just a Button Guy," practicing more humane pushback, asking better questions, why laundromats don't accept "focus," plus what happens when you put WAY too much crap in your five-pound bag.


#17: Brick Building Full of Lies

May 27, 2011 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin talk about checking email under the table to catch up on your 27 high priority tasks, a good time to use the word priority, blowing cycles on meeting with Narnia's stakeholders, and getting tasks out of your dreamcatcher.


#16: Bracing for the Blow

May 18, 2011 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin aren't afraid of lawyers, dentists, negative feelings, or of not being afraid of something.


#15: Marionette of my own Design

May 10, 2011 at 1:00PM • 60 minutes

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin are here to discuss the awareness of fear, asking yourself why, and knowing the problem instead of chasing fake confidence, patches, and hacks.


#14: Velocity of Disappointment

May 3, 2011 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

Merlin Mann joins Dan Benjamin to talk about problems that are impossible, problems that are boring, problems that you're scared of, and why you need to differentiate between fear and anxiety so you can be scared of something interesting.


#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.