Yesterday, encouraged by @tasshinfogleman and @briandavidhall's excellent "A Guide to Twitter", I finally audited the accounts I follow.

Here's how I did it, and what I discovered 🧵…
I used an excellent tool called Tokimeki Unfollow to begin the process.

The service allows you to look at each account you follow see what their feed looks like, and decide whether to keep following them, add them to a list, or both.
At first I wasn't sure what I was looking for, so I went for the low-hanging fruit.

If accounts looked inactive or like a wasteland of self-promotion, I unfollowed them.

I also paid attention to any patterns in my choices and asked whether I wanted to perpetuate them.
After a few dozen accounts, I started picking up on patterns of what I was *interested* in but didn't want to be *friends* with. These were the accounts I put in lists.

Examples include:
Brands, journalists, and high-profile political and celebrity figures.
Finally, I started paying attention to how the feeds made me *feel* when I read them.

I discovered that some accounts made my stomach knot up. Not because I disagreed with them, but rather because their language was too intense. It felt like being yelled at.
I had the hardest time deciding what to do with these accounts. Some of them were mutuals. Some of them were friends of mine in the real world. It's not like I somehow liked these people *less* for their passion but rather that I couldn't handle the onslaught of it.
In the end, I opted to continue to follow these accounts but put them in a list of their own.

In some cases (the extreme ones) I muted them. Again, not because I dislike them but because I am easily affected by strong language.
Today, I signed onto Twitter and noticed how much calmer my feed seemed. Less dire. More conversations, fewer shitposts, fewer pundits. The difference is dramatic.

So where do I go from here? There are lots of great ideas in that article I cited, but first...
It's easy to think of this process as a one-and-done thing.

But certain habits of mine created my Followers list in the first place, and I'm not 100% sure what they are.

Until I address those habits, I've created a repeating task in @todoist. Every 3 months, I'll re-audit.
This is a work in progress. It's part of my ongoing efforts to accept the way ADHD affects me and make the necessary adjustments to help me live a better life.

Have you tried anything like this before?

I'd love to hear your thoughts and stories!

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Before I knew I had ADHD, I had a hard time staying organized. But after... no, yeah, same thing.
But I'm making progress!

This year, I'm going to share my mistakes, successes, tools and strategies with you in this log.Wood
I'll update as I go👇🏽
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In ADHD 2.0, @drhallowell & @jratey explain how our modern lifestyle creates an environmentally-induced form of ADHD called VAST or "the variable attention stimulus trait". This is for VASTs too
Second, while I'll be talking about the challenges in creating an ADHD- friendly environment that works, I want to mention that I don't see myself as broken. I used to, but not anymore. I see myself as different.

I'm not trying to be normal; I'm mastering my "different".
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