If you don't want people to be critical of you, don't be critical of them. If you do have to give criticism, however, make sure it's the type that is constructive. There is more than one right way to do things, so try not to be so set in your ways. Once you open yourself up to new possibilities, you'll wonder why you were so strict about your processes and procedures in the first place. If you find something new that works for you, be sure to write down the details so that you can repeat your success in the future.
Use diplomacy to get what you desire. Of course, you can always take the direct approach, but you can certainly lure more flies with honey than you can with vinegar at the moment. Sometimes the truth hurts more than it should, so there's nothing wrong with telling a little white lie every now and then, Taurus. Right now, a well-timed compliment can win you the affections of the person you are interested in getting to know better, and a slight exaggeration of the truth can bring a smile to someone's face who otherwise wouldn't have much to smile about.
There's a lot of talk, but very little substance in what people are saying. It's easy to get sucked into trivial conversations with your neighbors, friends and relatives, but you're much more interested in pursuing topics that really matter to you. Your attention to detail is great at the moment, which makes it easy for you to remember all the little things that other people tend to forget so easily. So, if you want to get the most out of the interpersonal communication situations you find yourself in, cut the useless chatter to a minimum and focus on what's truly important.
There may not be a lot going on right now, but this is the perfect time to make plans for the future. They can be big or little, but the important thing is to plan something now so that you'll have something to look forward to later. If your friends don't usually follow through with what they say they're going to do, don't feel like you have to include them. You can have just as much fun on your own as you can with other people, so don't hesitate to map out a vacation or a similar exciting event for you to go on or participate in alone.
If things aren't going according to plan, this might be a good time to step back and reassess your situation. Don't be too down about setbacks right now, Leo. As long as your mistakes aren't huge, you should be able to recover form them quite nicely. Of course, it would be ideal to catch your potential mistakes before they actually occur, but hindsight is always better than foresight. You know the drill -- if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And who knows, with a little luck, maybe the third time really will be a charm.
Virgo can't stand to be around anything messy or dirty right now. If the place you live or work in needs some tidying up, it looks like you're going to have to be the one to do it. Not that you mind, of course. Right now, you're an expert at any type of projects that require organizational skills, including do-it-yourself projects. You have fun rearranging closets, cupboards or whole rooms full of furniture as well as cleaning bathrooms, washing dishes and doing yard work. As long as something looks better after you've finished working on it than before you started, you're one happy Virgo!
Accept all apologies. Holding grudges will only make you and your loved ones miserable, Libra, so the 'forgive and forget' policy is the best one for you to adopt right now. You're a particularly good at listening right now, which means that you may be used as a sounding board when the people close to you are having problems. Try not to take anything they say too personally, especially if they're upset while they're talking to you. Everyone has a habit of saying things they don't mean in the heat of the moment, but it's your job to overlook those types of human error.
You're in a position to do a friend, relative or coworker a favor, and you couldn't be more glad to do it. Of course you don't expect much in return, but if you go out of your way in order to help someone out, a simple 'thank you' would be nice to hear. Small acts of kindness, like holding the door open for a stranger or helping an elderly woman across the street definitely count toward your good deeds for the day, but you probably have something much bigger in mind. Keep your eyes open for someone who is truly in need of the kindness that you have to offer.
If you're running, you need to slow down to a walk, and if you're walking, you need to slow down to a crawl. The pace you've set for yourself is much too fast, which could cause you to make a big mistake. Even Archers with tight deadlines to meet can afford to take a break for at least a couple of minutes. Look away from what you're doing and focus your attention on something trivial for a change. Your perspective has become much too narrow from looking so closely at the same thing day after day, Sagittarius. Once you become willing to take your time, you'll be able to see some of the wonderful things that have been right under your nose all this time.
Instead of saying that you don't know, do some research to find out the answer. The facts you need to know can be found in books, on the Internet or by interviewing people you already know, but you have to be willing to make an effort. If you don't know exactly where to start, ask someone for help. Trying to find out information about something you know nothing about can be overwhelming at first, but once you catch on, you may even have some fun. Be sure to double-check each fact as you learn it, though, Capricorn, so that you don't misquote any of your sources.
Take care when dealing with anyone whom you don't completely trust, Aquarius. Yes, it would be nice to be able to give other people the benefit of the doubt, but when the stakes are this high, you're better off being safe rather than sorry. It's especially important to be cautious when you're taking care of business, and even more so if there are large sums of money involved. If you can find a way to put your personal and your financial well-being first in any situation, then you should be able to adequately protect yourself from people who want to do you harm.
You want to analyze all of the facts before you do anything, but time is of the essence. You might find yourself in a position where you have to make a split-second decision at some point during the day, Pisces, and it won't do you any good to second-guess yourself. Even though you aren't always comfortable acting in a spontaneous fashion, the fast-paced events of the day call for a quick reaction from you. When all of the choices are laid out before you, choose the first one that makes sense. If you're lucky, you'll have time to go over your decision in more depth at a later date.