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.



#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.


#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.