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.

#159: You Become Your Catch Phrases

February 18, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

Merlin and Dan talk about Library Elf, app launchers like Quicksilver and Alfred, Stanley Kubrick, pushing people to create greatness, not knowing what you like until you see it, the typefaces of Moon, and more.

#158: Merlin-Sized Hole

February 11, 2014 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

TOPIC: Why We Have Doors.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about internet nostalgia, hacking vs. whacking, and why we have doors for a reason.

#157: Non-Dominant Hand

February 4, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

TOPIC: The Spreadsheet of You

This week, Dan and Merlin talk more about sleep and how self-quantization can goose your mindfulness.

#156: Not the Monk I Used to Be

January 28, 2014 at 2:45PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

TOPIC: Better Sleep Habits

This week, Dan and Merlin do a deep dive on building better sleep habits with a focus on the paradoxes and planning of daily activities that can make all the difference.

#155: Newton's Fifth Law of Politeness

January 21, 2014 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

TOPIC: Isolation and Identity

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about civility, identity, Florida, and how you can't unsee Idiocracy.

#154: Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

January 14, 2014 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

TOPIC: The Attention Stack

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about—what?—maybe the attention stack. How what we pay attention to (and, yes spend our time on) can't help but affect how we see, think, feel, and decide.

Not happy with any of those things? Start working your way down the stack.

#153: Anxiety's a Goat

January 7, 2014 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

TOPIC: The thoughts we think. And think. And think.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about anxiety, compulsive thoughts, and how to at least crack an air hole in a big problem.

Way of the future.

#152: Tiny Hands, Large Desires

December 31, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

TOPIC: Consistency, Change, and Counting-Down

This week, Dan and Merlin return to the evergreen topic of new year's resolutions. Remember: in the main, you are what you've already done a lot.

#151: The Christmas Pants

December 24, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

TOPIC: Christmas and Control

This week, Dan and Merlin meander through holiday matters, including the Winter Warlock-like impotence of having your electric meter blow up on Christmas Eve Eve.

#150: Ask for John Klumpp

December 17, 2013 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

TOPIC: Enough.

This week, Dan and Merlin meander around the meaning of, "enough," pondering the deep existential pit we dig for ourselves and maybe how to get out of it.

Merry Christmas. Get your head out of your ass.