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Jul 12, 2023

Listen to Episode 13: Focus

If you’ve noticed your attention span getting shorter (and shorter), you’re not alone. Between the distractions of remote work, the demands of everyday life, and the pings and dings of modern communication, it seems harder than ever to stay focused. 

In the latest episode, we talk to professor and author Dr. Gloria Mark about how the brain enables focus, why multitasking is stressful and counter-productive, and how to use meta-awareness, goal-setting, and forethought to take back control of your attention.


We’ll talk about:

  • The most common myths about focus 
  • The difference between flow and attention 
  • How researchers define focus, boredom, and frustration
  • Why multitasking actually harms performance 
  • The ways remote work can affect different chronotypes
  • Why digital detoxes aren’t a long-term solution
  • How we can use technology to maintain focus 

About Gloria

More resources:


  • Multitasking kills productivity. Quickly shifting focus slows us down, causes errors, and raises blood pressure.
  • Attentional resources are finite. No one can stay in flow all day. Go easy on yourself and take breaks when you’re tired.
  • Where goals go, attention follows. Set task and emotional goals each day, and revisit them often to stay on track.
  • Find what works for you. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to finding focus.

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Special guest

Dr. Gloria Mark

Professor and author

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Dr. Gloria Mark is Chancellor’s Professor at UC Irvine. Her book Attention Span presents her 20+ years of research into how our minds and behavior have changed in the digital age. She was inducted into the ACM SIGCHI Academy for her contributions.

An illustrated headshot of Gloria Mark.
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How do you stay in flow together when there are endless Zoom screens and many miles between your team members? Whether you’re looking to cut through small talk, connect around a shared purpose, or build a sense of belonging, our Teamwork kit’s got you covered. 

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