Digital Wellbeing 😎📲💆🏻‍♀️  #69

Digital Wellbeing 😎📲💆🏻‍♀️ #69

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Setting up your digital systems

Given many areas of the world are in intense times, the main thing I want to do here is provide you a moment to reflect:

What ways could you improve your phone, computer and devices so that work and life are easier?

Enjoy the insights you receive.

Here are a few tips too:


Digital Style Tips: Apps, Settings, Systems & more

Mel Robbins’ productivity hacks include using your phone wallpaper / background as a reminder. Works well (and so do many other ideas she has included).

I’m really enjoying using the new Dark Mode on various apps – give it a try on phones, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and more. Thanks to Hamish for mentioning this in the Digital Style group.

I’ve tried (and left on) YouTube’s ‘take a break’ setting. Great to see another social media site introduce a wellbeing option.

How are you supporting yourself with calm smartphone / computer / device modes, less notifications and less distractions?

Is there anything you’ve been meaning to fix / update / change?

Look after yourself digitally.

Your digital wellbeing is important.

Want more tips & ideas?

We’ve a whole module on Digital Wellbeing in the Digital Style Program.

Do Not Disturb While Driving

I highly recommend do not disturb while driving. It takes about 2 minutes to setup and it’s inconsequential what sort of car you have as it’s sensing movement rather than needing to be connected to bluetooth or a specific car system.

Using Siri/Voice

I loved seeing a friend using Siri on her Apple Watch to set a cooking timer this week. Voice is becoming the norm…

I also had a chance to encourage the same friend to use her watch for banking. Leaving the wallet and phone behind is good fun. For those concerned about someone getting access to your banking, remember to setup the passcode on your watch. 

Digital Business Trends and Insights

Amongst the 2020 trends blogposts and articles, I enjoyed reading Benedict Evans’ annual “macro trends” deck (via Fred Wilson) covering eCommerce, Twitch, Augmented Reality (AR) glasses and more. If you work in strategy or want to think strategically for your business, this deck has useful prompts for your thinking.

Having worked on business ideas through the dotcom era, this quote delighted me:

This Report mentioned digital systems expanding from work to everyday life. It’s beyond work and life…it’s also about your personal wellbeing. This is why we encourage you (& are here to support you) to get your systems in order.

Digital Style Examples

Enjoy our new Digital Style tips, examples, inspiring sites and favourite books and podcasts:

Here’s to your Digital Style!


P.S. Have you had a chance to pack an esky? #BushfireRecovery

P.P.S. Have you seen the short video tips that I’m doing on the fly & posting on Runway Digital TV 

P.P.P.S. As always, I’d love to see you in our private groups (Mini-Course or Digital Style Program). Come and see what others are doing and show us your latest LinkedIn / other sites and gain feedback. Ask questions, feel supported and learn.

Digital Style 😎🤩🤓  #68

Digital Style 😎🤩🤓 #68


We’re resuming the fortnightly news with easy answers to your digital questions then fascinating links. Enjoy!



What works well for (often very senior) people we coach…

…is being able to ask any question at any time.

You can too!


  • getting strategic direction, feedback and ideas on your whole online look
  • setting up clever online systems so that life and work flow
  • feeling digitally empowered, using useful apps and knowing terms
  • reaching your audience



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Recent, Fascinating Links

What will happen in 2020 from Fred Wilson.

Decade-thinking and dreaming may be easier: Mel Robbins’ #BestDecade course.

Still don’t get cryptocurrencies? Try a minute or two on this and this.

Wondering why the kids are so quiet? (SO GOOD!)

Lots of grins and LOLs from the latest Aussie commercial on Insta. #MateSong

High fives to Libby who just circumnavigated the world.

Inspiring views and thoughts from Nick Jaffe.

Could you use Do Not Disturb on your phone 100% of the time?

Team Ginger is lucky.

The ‘world’s largest mirror’ is beautiful.

May satisfaction always be available to you.

“So, there’s a movement for simplifying your life: purchase less stuff, own a few things that are very high quality that last a long time, and that are multifunctional.” Yvon Chouinard via Libby




It has been an intense time here in Australia with the fires, poor air quality and more extreme weather conditions. I’m looking forward to the warnings and weather lifting so I can road-trip, as they say “with cash to spend, an empty fuel tank and a need for groceries”. Smaller towns, I’ll be coming.

If you’re looking for ways to donate, there’s Red Cross Australia and World Wildlife Fund and book a stay / donate / get a gift certificate from Payne’s Hut as they’ve been protecting their property rather than welcoming guests.


Here’s to 2020 being wonderful for you.

As always, feel free to reach out with how you’re going, what you’re wondering, and to say “Hi”.

We’re here to see you fly,

P.S. Not one, but two! We’ve also created a FREE Digital Style Mini-Course as a taster.
Sign-up to create your online style and get your tech ready for 2020.

P.P.S. Hey it’s impressive you’ve read to here. High fives!
If you received the last email from me in November 2018, you may have missed the hilarious goodbye gif… check out this page https://www.runwaydigital.com/blog/bye/

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@jack in MEL 💬 🐜 💫 #54

@jack in MEL 💬 🐜 💫 #54

It’s lovely to be around so many inspiring activities happening seemingly fast. What an age to be living in!

Let’s get into it ~

@Jack Came to Visit.

It was delightful to hear Jack Dorsey‘s (CEO Twitter & Square) fun & humble insights yesterday. Here are the outtakes ~

* Point of sale (POS) systems [have the potential to] organise your business – e.g. as a cafe if you move the biscotti jar and the POS shows sales have increased then you know this new layout works.

* @jack watches the team dynamic now a lot more than hiring the best/top people (he referred to a sensational engineer in early stages of Twitter who was often negative though also understood Twitter’s end to end system so if he left they wouldn’t be able to bring the system back. After he left the system did indeed go down and three others rose up to sort it …& became leaders). He now hires for team dynamic and looks for how individuals support each other. He still doesn’t always get it right.

* “Identify the things you believe in then have a lot of patience around building the things you believe in”

Good to also hear him talk about helping to bank the “unbanked” and Square’s involvement in blockchain tech (this article provides more info).

[Think you’ll like this KP. Thanks for the invite Will. Great to see you Matt 🧢 ]

Thanks for the photo @Phoriamedia

Creating Connections.

While the “Lost Connections” title didn’t draw me in, I’m rapt by this book [Thanks L.]. It refreshingly challenges many aspects and perspectives of western society, combines this with experts’ insights, data and a respectful, calm suggested approach to realistic improvements. These quotes show the breadth and depth of the insights.

I’m more than half-way through and it’s in my top 3 books. Whoah!

The bonus of the Audible book is the author is highly engaging and the content flows easily into the next topic. It’s an audiobook that I’m drawn to keep listening to and not wanting it to end (this doesn’t always happen). Oh and another bonus is that his voice is like Jude Law’s 😉

If you’re interested in ways to enhance your life, read it.

And if you’ve friends dealing with / who’ve dealt w depression it’s worth reading to review and reframe your perspective on it. Reframing depression. It’s about time.

> 1 True Calling.

Emilie Wapnick’s “Why some of us don’t have one true calling” is excellent! By her definition I’m a “multipotentialite”. Have a watch – you may be too!

This talk is a wonderful way to empower those you know (send it to them!) who thirst for learning and don’t mind having ‘beginner’s mind’ often.

[Thanks Merv!]

What (online) has delighted / fascinated me / had me think ~

If you’re enjoying this then people you know may too. Hit forward!

I’m in catch-up mode on all the videos from NYC Crypto week & also the Boring update – what did you enjoy?

We’re doing some interesting B2B sales and growth hacking experiments at Serversaurus. I’ll include links here from what works. #CrashTestDummy 😉

*High fives!*

Blockchain tech 👌 🙌 #52

Blockchain tech 👌 🙌 #52

🎉🎉 2 years 🎉🎉

This email is my 52nd. Thankyou for joining in, it’s fun receiving your replies!

Here’s what I’ve recently loved seeing online:

Oh, Carter Digital httpsters, you showcase such a clever combination of digital (“http”), sustainability ease (carbon neutral) and inviting words (“fine folk” on their email list)  ~

Surely Elon is proud ~

The world’s biggest About page?

Culture Amp’s “Need” filter on their Case Studies page reminds potential customers of their products and areas of specialisation. #clever

Startup inspiration ~

#truth ~

I love it when people keep it real ~

…and when well known people reply / acknowledge comments online ~

“Shiny” and “New” is pretty fun. Well done Hipchat 🙂

…watch to the end! Thanks Pete

Thanks to my surfing pal Nic for this photo taken from the surfcoast.

Fascinating thinking

I’m really enjoying seeing blockchain tech broaden people’s thinking about providing services and products in the most effective way possible. This threadtalks through the example of a John Deere tractor.

“[The tractors’] value, including their resale value, is highly dependent on the continued efforts of the manufacturer to keep that software up to date…
they are near worthless unless issuer keeps promises they made about future effort.”

What are you enjoying online?


Voice Assistants  😎 😍 👌 #51

Voice Assistants 😎 😍 👌 #51

Double Your Estimates.

Early in my career an experienced Project Manager gave me advice that I still use: when estimating, come up with how long it’ll take then double it – that’s the number you give others. It’s surprising how often it works and how a simple equation reduces stress.

Here’s an example: you’re asked to finalise a presentation. In your mind you quickly work out that it should take you about a day. Say it’ll take 2 days.

Part of the reason it works is that it’s simple.

It recognises that the future can’t always be predicted in the moment: you may want to do something else that comes up, people may need longer to review, or a multitude of other things. It provides an opportunity to deliver early and remove unnecessary stress on those around you.

Delivering early is fun.


OK, I know. It was only two emails ago that I declared my favourite book of the past ten years. It’s still true. This one, A Curious Mind, by Brian Grazer is nipping its heels!

Brian Grazer is an ultra-successful Hollywood Producer who promotes the role of curiosity in enjoyable and successful lives. In his twenties he deliberately met a new person each day and he explains how his 35 years of ‘curiosity conversations’ have informed so much of his work. He surprised me by talking of how he manages through curiosity: that through honestly asking questions people are empowered.

I particularly enjoyed his honesty and application of curious questions when working with actors who’s job it is to manipulate you in to believing them…

He also suggests we don’t recognise curiosity highly enough. I agree.

Let me know what you think if you read it. I’m …curious.

Thanks Caleb for the recommendation!

🎉🎉2 years 🎉🎉

The next of these emails will signify my having done so for 2 years.
Let me know what you’d like to read in celebration. Toot toot!

Be amazed.

So much is changing in the housing market [thanks Fred]:

Great reads / listens

  • Search “Burniske” (the author of CryptoAssets) on your podcasts app and many will come up. They’re probably all good. This one is a great extension to the book and also a summary of crypto assets book. [1 hour listen]
  • For the creatives ~ [thanks Nick]
    “the best way to thrive in your creative life is to pretend like you’re in Groundhog Day…”

For you / your CEO

  • If you’re wanting to quickly get up to speed on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Robert Scoble & Shel Israel’s The Fourth Transformation is a good overview. If you’ve already watched a few videos or followed VR & AR commentary, I suggest not much will be new to you. I liked learning about headsets picking up autism in children (and the potential for saving a lot of confusion).
  • Check out these fascinating comments on the current state of Voice Assistants:

Waving from an Autumnal Melbourne,

~ Sam