Back to Work

Back to Work is Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin’s weekly program about productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

This is a league game. This determines who enters the next round-robin. Am I wrong? Vis-à-vis Donny:

  • I am the walrus?
  • Phone's ringing, Dude.
  • That's your name.

I didn't blame anyone for the loss of my legs, some chinaman in Korea took them from me but I went out and achieved anyway. I can't solve your problems, sir, only you can.

They called about eighty minutes ago. They want you to take the money and drive north on the 4 5. They'll call you on the portable phone with instructions in about forty minutes. One person only or I'd go with you.

They were very clear on that: one person only. What happened to your jaw?

You are approaching a vooden britch. When you cross it you srow ze bag from ze left vindow of ze moving kar. Do not slow down. Vee vatch you.

And I'm talkin' about the Dude here—sometimes there's a man who. Well. He's the man for his time'n place. He fits right in there--and that's the Dude.

They're nihilists, Donny; nothing to be afraid of.

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.


Quickly capture that.

Just Dan.

Just Dan.

My wife is not the issue here. I hope that my wife will someday learn to live on her allowance, which is ample, but if she doesn't, sir, that will be her problem, not mine, just as your rug is your problem, just as every bum's lot in life is his own responsibility regardless of whom he chooses to blame.

I didn't blame anyone for the loss of my legs, some chinaman in Korea took them from me but I went out and achieved anyway.  I can't solve your problems, sir, only you can.


Divide that by nine, please.

Dan & Me, ca. 2011.

Dan & Me, ca. 2011.

A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least, that was the handle his lovin' parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. This Lebowski, he called himself the Dude. Now, Dude, that's a name no one would self-apply where I come from. But then, there was a lot about the Dude that didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. And a lot about where he lived, like- wise. But then again, maybe that's why I found the place s'durned innarestin'.


I’m Merlin Mann! I can dance and sing!

We've been featured on the iTunes store. Which is kinda cool.

We've been featured on the iTunes store. Which is kinda cool.