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Everyone working from home this year has figured out their own ways to stay focused. For Chris Lunt, it’s a squat red sphere he keeps on his desk, painted to depict the furrowed brow of Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism — a Daruma doll.

“It’s a doll you buy when you take on a difficult task,” explained Lunt, chief technology officer for the United States’ All of Us research program. The hollow figurine comes painted with two white, unblinking eyes: one to be filled in when the challenge begins, and the other once it has been completed.

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