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Good Day!

Today the waning Moon continues its journey through Taurus, lending steadiness and practicality to our day.  We continue to put our projects to rest, clear our desks, and tie up loose ends as we prepare for the New Moon coming on Sunday.

The first part of today is excellent for documentation, recording step-by-step procedures, and refining processes that you want to carry over into next month.  With Mars in Virgo and Mercury in Cancer we’ve got the energy for detailed specifications and we care enough to do it.

I know I speak about documentation a lot in this blog, and being a Fire and Air type myself, it took me many years to invest my time that way.  I worked for an organization a few years ago that took documentation very seriously, and after my initial resistance, I realized there is no other tool that saves so much time.  As I started recording the steps involved in performing each task I started to build a database of best practices – for myself!  Each time I followed the steps I had written down the last time, I found ways to become more and more efficient until tasks would take ½ as much time as they had in the past.  Check, check, check:  I’d go down the list without my mind wandering or needing to recreate the wheel each time.  My mental space became much more free and clear.

There’s an anecdote about Albert Einstein that illustrates this:

ONE OF Einstein’s colleagues asked him for his telephone number one day. Einstein reached for a telephone directory and looked it up. “You don’t remember your own number?” the man asked, startled.

“No,” Einstein answered. “Why should I memorize something I can so easily get from a book?”

In fact, Einstein claimed never to memorize anything which could be looked up in less than two minutes.*

I always took this to mean he preferred to keep his mind disentangled from details so he could perceive the big picture.  This is how it is with documentation.  Each time I break a complex process into a step-by-step procedure and archive it so I can retrieve it easily, I gain space and time (I think Einstein would approve.)   Also, bringing a task to that level of specificity also allows me to hand it off to someone else.  Once I gained the habit of documentation I realized that many of the tasks I performed each day were still on my list only because I hadn’t taken the time to explain them clearly to someone else and hand them off.

So if you’re a frequent documenter, today is your day – you’ll love this Moon/Mercury/Mars energy.  And if, like me, you’re resisting, try one task that you repeat over and over and have to think about every time.  You’ll thank yourself next time you can pull up that list and tick right through it, or better yet, hand it over for someone else to do!

Later in the day, the Moon comes into challenging aspect with Venus in Leo and Neptune in Aquarius, foreshadowing tomorrow’s Venus/Neptune stand-off.  So take care of all your outstanding chores today; tomorrow’s dynamics will demand all of your attention.

For an overview of the week, see the Astro4Business Weekly Forecast – July 5 – 11

For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – July 2010

For more info on the planets influencing today, see

The Moon

Mercury

Venus

Mars

Neptune

*Einstein quote from Albert Einstein Anecdotes