Back to Work

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About the show

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

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  • Episode 12: Chewie's Medal is Not Canonical

    April 19th, 2011  |  1 hr 4 mins

    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.

  • Episode 11: Johnny Heuristic

    April 12th, 2011  |  1 hr 18 mins

    Merlin Mann joins Dan Benjamin to talk about evolution, investing in roulette, taking smarter chances and futureproofing your passion.

  • Episode 10: At Last the 'Inspiration' Show

    March 29th, 2011  |  1 hr 21 mins
  • Episode 9: Out of Scope!

    March 22nd, 2011  |  1 hr 11 mins

    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.

  • Episode 8: Little Velvet Hands

    March 15th, 2011  |  1 hr 13 mins

    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 th

  • Episode 7: Vocational Wheel

    March 8th, 2011  |  1 hr 22 mins

    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 voc

  • Episode 6: Expectational Debt

    March 1st, 2011  |  1 hr 3 mins

    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.

  • Episode 5: Chigger Bites on the Bus Driver

    February 15th, 2011  |  1 hr 19 mins

    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 t

  • Episode 4: Failing with Style

    February 8th, 2011  |  1 hr 3 mins

    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

  • Episode 3: The Second Arrow

    February 1st, 2011  |  1 hr 10 mins

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

  • Episode 2: Picture of a Boat

    January 25th, 2011  |  1 hr 8 mins

    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 but

  • Episode 1: Alligator in the Bathroom

    January 18th, 2011  |  1 hr 29 mins

    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 p