My startup disk is almost full

That’s the message I’ve been getting on my Mac the last few days.

It’s making my laptop run buggy and frustratingly s-l-o-w.

Every time I tried to do work I kept getting annoying pop-ups telling me Your startup disk is almost full.

I kept ignoring the warnings and tried to plow forward.

I could blame Mercury in Retrograde for the technology snafus, and I probably will. My car and phone have been having problems lately too.

But the truth is I’ve been letting clutter pile up and accumulate. I’ve done this to myself through neglect. I’ve dumped stuff on my hard drive without thought to its quality or quantity.

I forgot to slow down, organize and get rid of what I don’t need anymore.

So I took a look at my storage capacity and looked for big offenders like movie clips, photos and songs. And yes, those files are clogging up my tubes.

But I was surprised to find the biggest offender is labeled simply “Other.”

The scary thing is I don’t even know what this “Other” means.

It’s all those things that lurk behind my conscious attention. It’s in forgotten folders and outside my daily view of the desktop.

The Twitter tutorial PowerPoint from six years ago. The 17,000 undeleted emails in Outlook. The outdated strategy white papers.

Death by 10,000 documents.

After fighting with my computer all morning and actively searching for applications I could throw out, I took a deep breath and walked away.

I turned on the Mac Cleaner and let it quietly empty out the “Internet junk,” “user junk” and “system junk.” Megabytes of data that were filling up my memory started to fade away.

I got lunch, shut off my phone and ate under a tree in silence.

When I came back, the warnings had finally disappeared.

Educator. Podcast addict. Wrote a book about creativity:

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store