The coming week is likely to see a great many individuals cultivating new ways of doing familiar things, not so much because of any requirement or necessity, but for the sake of maintaining a high level of interest in those activities -- for as everyone knows, waning interest results in waning productivity. Productivity itself is surely the No. 1 consideration this week for all who wish to keep themselves in the hunt. There are those whose confidence at this time is very high, and their tendency will be to follow their own instincts as they experiment with new and sometimes quite surprising methods.
Whether working alone or in tandem with others, the successful individual will be the one who recognizes that there is always more than one way to do a thing and keeps criticism of others to a minimum. Careless criticism can be dangerous.
AQAURIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You may not have all the time in the world to get a certain task completed to your satisfaction, but for once, you can settle for "good enough." (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- Once you get things in order this week, you'll maintain a constant level of productivity -- provided, of course, that you've freed yourself from a past restriction.
ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- You'll likely have to deal with a deeply personal issue all week long, but once you crack a central mystery, your burden will be lessened considerably. (April 5-April 19) -- While one phase is coming to a close this week, you'll be sorely tempted to get started with another -- but you mustn't let any loose ends complicate matters.
TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- What others consider a setback, you consider a boost -- but only if your attitude remains positive and your overall perspective bright and progressive. (May 6-May 20) -- You're likely to receive criticism at this time that gives you plenty of food for thought. As the week progresses, you'll put two and two together in a brand-new way.
GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- Now is not the time to coast through your various assignments; you must be willing to apply yourself, starting with the creation of a new way of working. (June 7-June 20) -- You may find it difficult to make any measurable progress when doing things the old-fashioned way. Toward midweek you receive guidance that breaks the deadlock.
CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- You can surround yourself with familiar comforts even when far from home this week -- and doing so will be necessary if you're saddled with an unpleasant task. (July 8-July 22) -- You don't want to find yourself moving further and further from your primary purpose this week; you must remind yourself again and again what you're really doing.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- Dangers lie ahead, surely, but you know how best to address them in order to minimize their overall and lasting effects. Don't take advantage of another's trust. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- That which was effectively ended only a while ago can begin again this week, but you must be clear to everyone about what it is you're really trying to accomplish.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- If you're trying to relive a past success, you have much further to go than you think. Your best bet is to free yourself from your past. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- A surprise entry shoots to the front of the pack this week, and you will be required to do more in less time in order to keep pace with this newcomer. You can come out on top.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- Someone who has been in the shadows for a while plays a more central role in your affairs this week, and you'll be challenged in a new way as a result. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- You mustn't let someone get in your way this week as you strive to do more than has been scheduled. Getting ahead now allows you more freedom in the near future.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- You and a partner may be thrown into the fray without much warning this week, but your instinctive response will save you from drowning in details. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- You can expect clear skies and smooth sailing for the first part of the week -- and quick thinking helps you keep a storm from scuttling the ship later.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- You've been warned that even the best-laid plans can go awry, and this may be clearly demonstrated this week -- but you can avoid negative outcomes. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- It's important that you update your playbook with information that you derive from real-time observation of a rival at work. Do so, and what follows can be game-changing.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- You and a friend will have the time to work out a long-standing disagreement that has soured the relationship -- but will you take advantage of it? (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- Something "past fixing" remains on your mind day after day, and you will be tempted to try once more to repair what appears irreparable. Your efforts will not be fruitless.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- Hesitation on your part will give a competitor the chance to sneak by and claim victory over you, so you must be sure to keep things going all week long. (March 6-March 20) -- If it's good enough for you, it's certainly good enough for another -- but that logic may not wash when it comes to a superior. Your work must be error-free.