Out of storage? Here are 3 ways to restore some space

You’re almost out of storage.

Have you gotten that warning message before? Perhaps it pops up on your phone or your inbox.

You knew it was coming—things were moving slower than they usually do, and small tasks were suddenly much more difficult. But there just wasn’t time to manage the influx of messages, media, and storage-snatching data.

That’s where I’m at—figuratively speaking, of course.

February is always the time of year when I find I’m out of storage. The holidays have come and gone, as did my daughter’s birthday and a steady stream of family visits, plus plenty of work travel. I can feel my storage nearing capacity, and I need to take some small steps to de-clutter and “KonMari” my mind.

Of course, warning messages aren’t quite as clear-cut in our day-to-day lives. It’s up to us to determine if we’re almost out of space.

Perhaps you’ve found yourself being short with the people around you. Or you’ve been skipping out on activities you normally love (working out, social events). Maybe you just feel blah. Or you’ve missed a deadline or a detail you normally wouldn’t.

Try one (or all) of these tips to restore some space.

Be honest. Sometimes simply telling someone—a colleague, spouse, or friend—what we’re feeling can be therapeutic enough to free up some room. Our minds are chock full of info, and we often assume others inherently know what we’re thinking or feeling. We have to remember: They have their own storage issues. Speak up, and be clear if you’re seeking advice or simply a listening ear.

Change it up. Do something radical or out of the norm. I recently went to see a movie with a friend on a Sunday afternoon, a time I usually reserve for family. I hadn’t done it in years. Breaking free from my routine gave me some pep in my step and a fresh perspective. Try taking a walk at lunch instead of working through it. See a movie on a week night, or schedule a spontaneous trip.

Say yes with caution. This goes for personal and professional opportunities, as a lot of new business forms in the first quarter of the year. Say yes to new clients, partners, and social outings with careful thought and deliberation. If something doesn’t feel like a good fit, don’t invest too much energy into it. Seek out those who value and energize you. Your storage will thank you for it.

Don’t wait until your metaphorical inbox is full. Free up some space so you can tackle 2019 with gusto.

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