Back to Work

Back to Work

Published by: 5by5
426 Episodes | First Released: Jan 18 '11
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 & Dan Benjamin.
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Vulgar demos
Jul 3
Rating:   4
Too much kids stuff

They love super heroes and children movies and reminiscing about how things used to be. If you’re into that stuff as an adult you’ll like this podcast. Usually a fan of Mann but this podcast isn’t his greatest.

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Chi Sox Keith
Apr 10
Rating:   10
Great Podcast

Great podcast from Dan and Merlin. Good check in on two online friends.

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axel_nelson
Jan 23
Rating:   4
I'm sure I'm missing something.

I don't just randomly subscribe to stuff, since there's so much out there. Who has time to vet it all? But I do forget how I subscribed to this.... podcast... and couldn't, by the time the episode came to a close, figure out what the show was about! I mean this not in the way one might react to something avant garde or some thrilling juxtaposition that activates your creative jisms -- but more like the dullest of segments that begin 88% of all 2-guy chat podcasts where they get caught up on what's going on in their lives since the last episode, where they appear to think they're very funny or that they are expected to be so, as the typical fella who underestimates the job of a comedian and figures he can just wing it. It's the Morning Zoo, except without the cartoon sounds and without the headlines and without the humor or the topical, astute, dialectic. Tbh, I'm at a loss to recall much that was discussed... But maybe it was just me. Perhaps it sounded so much like that typical, Eye-rollingly dull segment of a show start just before they segue into the meat of the episode: "so today we're going to explore the...." except that instead of finally jumping into the topic at hand.... the show ended. I'd like to give them credit for somehow getting into my feed, and I'll give another episode some better attention. Because all I recall was one guy debating whether it was boring to describe dreams to others and yeah, it usually is, but not nearly so much as it is to listen to said debate. The other said something about learning about ctrl-shift-5, and said something cool happens, but couldn't be sure. The other wasn't sure if it only worked on Mohave.... This might be a clue. Is the show about tech? Is it about guessing what key combinations might do? Are we imagining that they're not allowed to Google for answers, perhaps? Nor prep topics for the show or research? Or do they figure the listeners will fill in those gaps and that the podcast might serve as inspirational, to pique the curiosity of their listeners? I couldn't be less curious, but I'll go ahead and play another, just in case I happened upon a non/representative, sad lump of a show. Perhaps they weren't aware that the mics were on? They do seem like perfectly nice fellas, and I'll come back to revise this if there's any there there. Good lord.

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j_O2_max
Oct 25 '18
Rating:   2
What is this show about?

What is this show about? These guys have no direction and ramble for far too long. They complain about commonplace everyday problems and rarely offer anything helpful. Also, Merlin needs to stop interrupting the other guy because the other guy brings at least some focus to the discussion.

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tsi 😉😊
Oct 19 '18
Rating:   10
Hi

This is the best.

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Supercube 3000
Mar 24 '18
Rating:   10
Informative, insightful podcast. And Clean!

Thanks, Merlin and Dan, for making such a pleasant show. You both are very funny but also very knowledgeable about getting stuff done—project management and performance. So, I'm happy to listen to you.

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DanielJohnsonReal
Mar 22 '18
Rating:   6
Entertaining personalities

They talk almost exclusively about tech, computers, IT and the like. Rarely do they have meaningful, challenging conversations about other things that matter, there are no countering arguments or differing opinions where conversations can be had that change minds or grow us in any way. The things they talk about are fluff that distracts from everything else, but they’re fun to listen to and Merlin always keeps the conversations rolling with something new to talk about

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andyselby
Mar 12 '18
Rating:   10
Great show but what the....

What the ever loving hell with the 8000 year ridiculous outro music???

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6craig6
Feb 22 '18
Rating:   10
Productivity (and other stuff)!

Love listening to this one. There are four podcasts that always get filtered to the top of my ever-expanding list, and this is one of them. The mix of productivity tips and general life stuff is refreshing. And Dan/Merlin, if you're reading this, when is Darius coming on?

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Karres
Dec 28 '17
Rating:   4
Napoleon Dynamite

Every time I listen to Merlin Mann speak on this podcast, I am reminded of Napoleon Dynamite (the movie).

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ZenOfApps
Oct 25 '17
Rating:   10
Great podcast, funny and smart

This is one of my favorite podcasts. I've listened to it since episode #1. Funny, "real" and smart.

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