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…

Please consider pre-ordering the book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BAM | 800CEOREAD

Brian Solis

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


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