Putting in the hours at work means that you are taking away hours from your friends and family—that's a fact you can't deny. So the question to ask yourself today is this: "Am I placing my career above my family?" Don't be afraid to face the honest answer. If you find that you are losing out on quality time with loved ones, all you have to do is start dividing your time in a way that is more beneficial for the people you care most about. Start today.
Follow your whims today—and let spontaneity guide your travel plans. If you don't have any trips planned for the near future, then make some! Your wanderlust deserves to be let out to play, and it doesn't require major international travel. A short little day trip could be all it takes to refresh your outlook. Any kind of change in scene will go a long way toward rejuvenating your energy level. Grab a friend or your sweetie and go on this adventure together!
Be very careful if you're forced to work in a group today—having to establish a consensus with a diverse group of egos could complicate things to the point of paralysis. Unless one of the partners involved in this group effort can rise to become a voice of authority and help guide everyone in the right direction, you are not going to get anywhere. This is a good day to do solo work, like studying, writing or reading. You'll do your best work if you can control how all your time is spent.
Dealing with other people's problems will help take your mind off of your own problems—and help build your relationship with some important people. Your situation is so much better than it could be, and today you need to appreciate that fact. Not everyone is as loved or as lucky as you, and the grass is definitely not always greener on the other side of the fence. Sometimes, it's full of weeds. Take on someone else's burden today.
Listen to what people are saying today, but don't just hear their words. Try to read the energy level of the person who's speaking, and measure their enthusiasm; this will help you decide whether to believe what they say. Watch out for phony fervor—someone may be doing a bit of acting in order to get you to believe something. So be wary of anyone who seems too excited. Instead, you should align yourself with people who are cool, calm and collected.
You're to be congratulated for your healthy ambition, but is it keeping you from enjoying the simpler things in life? Today you need to think about how you are prioritizing the different tasks and people in your life. Do you put as much importance on lunch with a friend as you do on that presentation in front of the bigwigs? You should. Apply that wonderful ambition of yours to your personal relationships. Put in the extra hours that they require.
Use all the authority you've been given today—you'll have to if you want to keep your plans in action. And you don't have to pull a huge power trip over someone to make your point—deliver each demand in the form of a request, and turn up the heat only if you are forced to. By thinking the best of the people you're in charge of, you will send a supportive and respectful message. But don't back down from what you need, as making exceptions to your own rules is not wise.
Are you sure that you're not taking on more than you can handle? It's time to be a little bit shrewder about choosing what you can get done in a day. Are your eyes bigger than your schedule? Today you need to think realistically and make sure that you're capable of following through on all your commitments. Pare down! Save your quest for world domination and finding a cure for the common cold until another day. You've been going in too many different directions.
If you need some new clothes or new furniture, don't go shopping for them—ask around for them. Bartering is a great way to get your social connections working for you in a whole new way! Send out a few emails today, and ask your friends if they want to do a clothing swap or are interesting in getting rid of any furniture. Better yet, find out if anyone wants to do a group garage sale! You can help each other get rid of stuff and make money at the same time. This is a profitable idea.
If you want to have a positive outcome to a current battle, you have to stand your ground. And unless you walk away feeling satisfied that you got what you wanted, it won't be a positive outcome. This is one of those times when you have to forgo cooperation and negotiation. As much as you would like to make everyone happy in this situation, that's just not possible. This is an all-or-nothing scenario; be prepared to walk away if you can't get what you need.
You can't be all things to all people, just like you can't be in several places at the same time. Sooner or later, you have to winnow down your options and focus your attention in order to make progress—and today you might have to do just that. Are you ready to commit to one person, one direction or one idea? This is a choice you have to make on your own—asking for input and insight from other people could confuse you more than help you.
When you're stuck between a rock and a hard place today, go against your noble instincts and just opt for the easy way out! You don't have to take every opportunity to prove how smart, honorable and capable you are. Everyone who needs to know that about you already does. Instead of devising the perfect plan, just escape. As long as you're not lying to anyone or hurting anyone, just bowing out of an awkward situation is the best move you can make right now.