why you can’t stay focused

From Answer in Progress.

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In a world full of notifications, social media scrolling, and distractions, is it still possible to stay focused? In this video, Sabrina uses a brain-scanning EEG to figure out how focus works, why a lot of productivity advice fails, and what we can actually do to save our attention span.

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CREDITS
Produced by Sabrina Cruz
Research Assistance by Ive Velikova
Video Editing by Joe Trickey
Motion Design by Sabrina Cruz
Sound Design by Joe Trickey
Thank you to Emotiv for providing a discount on the EEG headset

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RECOMMENDED READING
Working Memory and Attention – A Conceptual Analysis and Review by Klaus Oberauer
Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana

TIMESTAMPS
00:00 admitting im an ipad kid
00:41 thank you to Headspace and our patrons
01:04 not gwyneth paltrow, thankfully
01:06 i spent my entire budget on an EEG (i hope it works)
01:35 how an EEG works
02:02 why i needed an EEG
02:24 measuring my baseline focus
02:55 i lost hours trying to figure out how to export this
03:00 did you know seaborn was named after a west wing character
03:03 quantitative evidence that im an ipad kid
04:29 why is every book about focus about productivity
04:51 3 things you need to know about focus
04:58 Attention vs Focus: what’s the difference
05:10 the limitations of focus
05:28 can you train your focus? maybe
05:51 minimizing external distractions
06:24 finding out internal distractions exist
07:00 limiting multitasking with time boxing
07:12 how to build a focus schedule
07:58 anything can be a notion template if you try hard enough
08:15 does this actually work?
08:26 YES!
08:45 Wait… Nevermind.
08:52 are productivity hangovers a thing
09:32 sleep continues to be important
09:55 but the problem persists
09:57 this made perfect sense at the time, but in hindsight, i was not okay
10:46 i’m just glad she didn’t tell me to do an ice bath
11:02 trying meditation against my own will
11:14 our videos are only possible with sponsors so use code ANSWER60
12:31 shockingly, i’m bad at meditating
13:24 trusting the process
13:39 why am i saying good news like it’s bad news
13:53 welcome to statistics 101
14:36 how meditation changed my focus
14:45 oh no, i’m overthinking again
15:40 15 minutes in AND WE’VE GOT ANOTHER RESEARCH MONTAGE?!
16:29 where did meditation come from
16:46 different types of meditation
17:03 what science says about meditation and focus
17:26 a necessary footnote
17:39 Meditation vs Productivity: what’s the difference?
18:21 why haven’t I tried meditation sooner
19:00 why I’m going to continue meditating
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Welcome to the joke under the fold!

Meditation was always tricky for me. Sometimes it would work but other times it wouldn’t. I eventually realized that I could only ever really meditate during a full moon… Turns out, I’m just an aware wolf.

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