Balancing Act: Work, Life and Technology

This course is a game-changer for any working individual juggling the demands of digital distractions.


February 7, 2018


8:00am - 12:00pm

Registration fee includes tuition, course materials, parking and breakfast.

This class is part of the Mindful Executive Certificate Program.


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About the Program

Do Digital Distractions & Tech Demands Lead to More Stress and Less Productivity?

The compulsory demands of being available 24/7, as well as being 100% focused and productive at work and in life are at the root of stress skyrocketing in the workplace and is a key component in diminishing performance.

According to a study by Microsoft, the average attention span for a goldfish is nine seconds, but humans generally lose concentration after eight seconds, highlighting the effects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain.

An entirely new set of physical, psychological and social challenges are a direct result of our technologically-saturated culture. Conditions like “tech neck” or “Blackberry thumb” are few of the physical side effects of our technological lives. This course is a game-changer for any working individual juggling the demands of digital distractions.


  • Discussion: Challenges with work, life, media balance - explore the pros and cons of virtual connectivity
  • Discussion: What is the impact of being available 24/7 personal & professionally, physically, mentally, socially?
  • Discussion: Present time versus virtual time- what takes precedence?
  • The effects of the digital distractions on the brain.
  • The effects of virtual world on personal and professional relationships and collaboration. Counterfeit connections.
  • Experiential components: Design healthy parameters and establish why those parameters are important on personal and professional level. Set practical goals to achieve balance and establish time frames.
  • Create a positive mind-set to support a healthy framework and learn practical tools for mindfulness and meditation in the work place.
  • Didactic exercises: The brain and its ability to multitask, the overload of distractions, attention spans, awareness vs. autopilot, the power of why.

This Course Will Teach Participants:

  • Creative ways to find balance with work, life and media
  • To control your digital devices and not have them control you.
  • What is a Digital Detox and how to set yourself up for a successful one.
  • To take charge of technology to decrease stress and increase productivity and innovation.
  • How to increase collaboration and creativity through by unplugging and interacting.
  • How to build a more positive corporate culture through human connections.


  • Improved balance in work, life and media
  • Increased awareness of the disconnect that results from counterfeit connections.
  • Decreased stress and an increased ability to be present
  • Enhanced personal and professional relationships with others and self
  • Improved health and over sense of well-being
  • Increased attention span and ability to accomplish
  • Increased innovation and collaboration


Any working individual who recognizes the reality of digital distraction and its negative impact on productivity and profitability will benefit from this class.



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Jill Tupper M.A., Media Life & Wellness Expert, Corporate Leadership Trainer, Keynote Speaker and Executive Wellness Consultant

Jill’s expertise lies in Media, Keynotes, Corporate Leadership and CEO’s, for audiences and clients ranging from McDonald’s & Coca- Cola, Young Presidents Organization, ongoing segment as TV5 Life & Wellness Expert, Professional & Not for Profit Organizations from Junior League, BOMA and Universities. Her career as an international keynote speaker has spanned 30+ years and has spent 16+ years a wellness executive coach.

Jill has her M.A. in Leadership and B.S. in Occupational Therapy and holds certifications from the Chopra Institute and Martha Beck Institute in meditation and executive coaching. She is presently pursuing her training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness.

Having worked with people from all socioeconomic levels, Jill has an uncommon ability to connect and relate to everyone she encounters. Her unique combination of academia and real life adventures from marathons, triathlons, climbing Kilimanjaro, working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and Ethiopia and building homes for the impoverished in Tijuana and around the world, set her apart with inspiring stories that bring her presentations to life. Jill is an entrepreneur and mom of two amazing kids.

Challenge of work, life & media balance in the news (articles):

Social Media Addiction: The Productivity Killer, INC Magazine, July 2014

You Now Have a Shorter Attention Span Than a Goldfish, Time Magazine, May 2015


*The Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development (CED) may change, postpone or cancel a class at any time.  We do not provide refunds for any fees related to travel, including but not limited to gas, bus fare, train tickets, airline tickets, etc.  Certificate requirements may also change. We will provide as much notice as possible should this occur.