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.


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#134: A Boss You Don't Even Know About

August 26, 2013 at 8:30PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

TOPIC: Talk Shows, Baseball, and Inboxes.

This week, Dan and Merlin cover a range of topics related to expertise, experience, professional repetition, and management, culminating in a tour of Merlin's current email filtering strategy.


#133: I'm Glad Your Computer Died

August 20, 2013 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 14 minutes

TOPIC: How many keys do you really need?

This week, Dan and Merlin return to the question, "What do you want ten times more of?" and weigh the risks and benefits of increasing the amount of complexity in your life.


#132: C+ Objective Stack

August 13, 2013 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 14 minutes

TOPIC: Fraud vs. Failure

This week, Dan and Merlin dive into what makes us feel like frauds and what makes us feel like failures.


#131: The Peacock Dance of Men

August 7, 2013 at 3:15PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

TOPIC: Power, Yelling, and Airport Kung Fu

This week, Dan and Merlin continue their discussion of power and how it does or doesn't work.

Do real leaders actually talk like the douchebags, serial entrepreneurs, and screamy travelers struggling to imitate them? Not really. That's one way you can tell they're leaders.


#130: Cobb Salad Lawyer

July 30, 2013 at 6:30PM • 1 hour 28 minutes

TOPIC: Delays

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about delays, agency, power, and why yelling at people about your problems rarely helps anyone.


#129: Putting Your Meat by the Pool

July 23, 2013 at 3:15PM • 1 hour 32 minutes

TOPIC: Lists

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about 3½ kinds of lists that can change your game.

Merlin knows a lot about Productivity.


#128: Eating Scones in the Closet

July 19, 2013 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 33 minutes

TOPIC: Time Awareness & Scope Wormholes

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about why we (and Frank) are terrible at estimating time, as well as what we can do to get better at it.


#127: Loki Situation

July 9, 2013 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 33 minutes

TOPIC: Employers, Bosses, Leaders, and Managers

This week—in what may easily turn into a multi-episode arc—Dan and Merlin talk about bosses.

Whether we're looking at it from up or down, management is tricky business. The question is, what makes a boss a good manager, and what makes a good manager a great leader?


#126: Howard Chicken

July 3, 2013 at 9:00PM • 1 hour 53 minutes

TOPIC: How many Saturdays do you get?

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about time. Its scarcity, its passing, its tyranny, and its possibilities.


#125: Hakuna Potato

June 28, 2013 at 5:45PM • 1 hour 59 minutes

TOPIC: There are Only Two Prices: Free and What It Costs

This week, Dan and Merlin return to the classic lineup and some classic topics, including knowing your value, learning what to charge, and realizing what you can live with.

Also: jury duty, traveling, bathrooms, the sliding scale of suffering, and what-have you.