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February 25 2014


February 18 2014


February 12 2014


5by5 | Back to Work #158: Merlin-Sized Hole

TOPIC: Why We Have Doors. http://5by5.tv/b2w/158

February 06 2014


5by5 | Back to Work #157: Non-Dominant Hand

TOPIC: The Spreadsheet of You http://5by5.tv/b2w/157

February 01 2014


5by5 | Back to Work #33: The Hypocrite You Can Live With

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin have a totally natural emotional reaction to the unreasonable demands they place on themselves after reading The Spongebob Report. Maybe they wouldn't have offended non-ex-Marines if they had just taken some time and consulted http://5by5.tv/b2w/33

January 28 2014


5by5 | Back to Work #90: Quit!™

TOPIC: Sleep and How to Get It http://5by5.tv/b2w/90

January 25 2014


5by5 | Back to Work #31: You Can Polish AC/DC All Day Long

With Dan on sabbatical, Merlin is joined by John Roderick of The Long Winters to talk about life as a bull in a china closet, craving real-world constraints, making better records, and being banned for life from Interpol's corn chip bowl. http://5by5.tv/b2w/31

January 15 2014


5by5 | Back to Work #154: Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

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. http://5by5.tv/b2w/154

January 11 2014


5by5 | Back to Work #42: Coconut Headphones

This week Dan and Merlin talk about asking good questions instead of massaging your real problem until it fits the comforting solution you found on the cover of a magazine. http://5by5.tv/b2w/42

January 08 2014


5by5 | Back to Work #115: Invitation to a Blame Party

TOPIC: Fixing the Culture of Meetings http://5by5.tv/b2w/115

5by5 | Back to Work #153: Anxiety's a Goat

TOPIC: The Thoughts We Think. http://5by5.tv/b2w/153

January 03 2014


5by5 | Back to Work #107: Pull Out Your Dingus

TOPIC: Compression http://5by5.tv/b2w/107

5by5 | Back to Work #61: I Handed Him My Luke

TOPIC: Infrastructure for Staying in Touch http://5by5.tv/b2w/61

January 02 2014


5by5 | Back to Work #111: You Get There Early for Pancake Day

TOPIC: Memory http://5by5.tv/b2w/111

December 31 2013


5by5 | Back to Work #152: Tiny Hands, Large Desires

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. http://5by5.tv/b2w/152

December 30 2013


5by5 | Back to Work #47: Utter Failure & Hotel Steak

TOPIC: Resolving to skip the New Year's resolutions. http://5by5.tv/b2w/47

December 29 2013


5by5 | Back to Work #38: Sorry. You Can't Have a Candle.

On improving presentation culture. Dan and Merlin talk about bombing the deck, advancing the slides, and striving to improve the self-perpetuating bad culture of presentations. Slide?!? (Also, kid germs in the spaghetti, meeting the angry corn gu http://5by5.tv/b2w/38-episode-38

December 26 2013


5by5 | Back to Work #118: One-Step Corn Kerneler

TOPIC: Toward an (Admittedly Dubious) Unified Field Theory of Creativity http://5by5.tv/b2w/118

December 25 2013


5by5 | Back to Work #151: The Christmas Pants

TOPIC: Christmas and Control http://5by5.tv/b2w/151

December 24 2013


5by5 | Back to Work #7: Vocational Wheel

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 http://5by5.tv/b2w/7
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