Stop following your “friends”

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William Morris, “The Beauty of Life,” 1880.

Three years ago Marie Kondo published a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It was an instant best-seller, with 6 million copies sold and over 12,000 reviews on Amazon.

In short, Kondo recommends sorting through four categories of personal belongings, holding each item in your hands and discarding anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” Basically, get rid of the stuff you don’t like anymore. (It would take an esoteric Japanese art to get Americans to realize they have too much stuff. Don’t get me started.)

The idea is that by getting rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy, you make room for the things, ideas, and mindsets that do.

I think you can do the same thing with everyone you follow on social media. Two options:

1) Look through every single person you follow and ask yourself, “Did seeing this person’s content bring me joy?” Most likely the answer will be “no.” Mute them.

2) Mute everyone you follow. Several weeks later ask yourself who you miss following and unmute those people.

Once you get good at this you can start doing it with real people, albeit metaphorically.

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