I’m very proud (and relieved) to announce my next book, Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life. I’m also beside myself to share that it’s available to pre-order as of today!
Lifescale was written to help you break free from distractions, sharpen your focus, spark creativity and unlock new possibilities as a result.
This is my eighth book but first non-business book. It’s not the book I set out to write. It’s the book I needed.
Here’s a bit of the back story…
As you may or may not know, it’s been over three years since my last book X: The Experience When Business Meets Design changed how we think about experiences and how to design them for a modern world. I had planned to follow it up over a year-and-a-half ago. Well, that didn’t happen. And, that’s where this story begins.
I found myself struggling to dive deep as I did with previous books and creative projects. My brain was running at speeds I’d not realized, pulled in multiple, non-linear directions to keep up with the increasing array of work, communications, relationships, activities and all the devices, apps and networks that connected everything. In short, I traded depth, concentration, pace, patience, presence and the appreciation and contentment of it for a faster-pace, real-time, always-on, connected lifestyle.
Everything was fine until it wasn’t.
I didn’t realize the consequences of this digital life until I couldn’t write my next book. Even then, I didn’t realize the culprits of how I got there. I didn’t see the distractions or its effects. I immediately blamed writer’s block, workload and deadlines and the everyday pressures of life.
Like anyone, I Googled my condition and the results were helpful: Turn off your devices, detox, delete apps, use Calm and Headspace apps, use productivity apps, get a hobby go outside, practice yoga, meditate, go to Burning Man, etc. All good advice! But what I ultimately realized was that, by and large, each addressed the symptoms of the condition but not its root causes.
How did I get here? Why was I open to distraction? What changed that made me value this way of living?
The result of asking these questions and more lead me on a quest to find answers and solutions.
Lifescale is a journey of self-discovery and growth. Lifescaling is about getting back into balance, and mastering our destinies.
I wanted to share this with you in the hopes that you’ll join me on this journey.
More to come…
Brian Solis is principal analyst and futurist at Altimeter, the digital analyst group at Prophet, Brian is world renowned keynote speaker and 7x best-selling author. His latest book, X: Where Business Meets Design, explores the future of brand and customer engagement through experience design.
Note: This article was originally published on Briansolis.com