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If you’re ready for a reset, to focus on your career, your future, your health and wellness goals (and, you know, #goals)—then astrologically, the universe has your back right now. Virgo power is all about productivity and shifting into your peak list-making, problem-solving, dragon-slaying mode (think: back-to-school excitement, way past graduation).

And even Mercury retrograde—which occurs when the planet appears to be moving backwards and is associated with tech weirdness and general “this is not the plan!” frustration—happening right now can’t keep the Virgo energy down, says Lennon Mara, a writer and astrologist who blogs at Moon+Quartz.

“Mercury rules Virgo, so there are a great deal of similarities between the important work to be done during Virgo season and during Mercury retrograde. That’s one of the qualities that makes this period so potent,” says Mara, who believes Mercury retrograde gets a bad rap and is actually an amazing time to change it up, habit-wise, because we have more contact with the power of our subconscious minds.

The Mercury retrograde-Virgo combo right now (which lasts until September 22) is a good time to think about your life purpose and adjust your daily routines accordingly, Mara says. In other words, make every minute count in your day—and make sure what you’re doing points you in the ultimate direction you want to go.

If you do, by this time next month, “you’ll be on a stronger, faster, better path to achieving your goals and dreams—but only if you’ve put in the effort during Mercury retrograde,” Mara says.

Virgo season is a powerful time for making progress, retrograde or no retrograde, according to Mara. Below, she shares seven pieces of advice for the current astrological season.

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1. Set goals

The first step is knowing where you want to go. Get clear on that before anything else.

2. Get out of your head

You may have the most amazing idea for the next blockbuster app, but it doesn’t count for anything if it lives exclusively in your brain. Virgo season is peak time to begin getting into gear with projects that haven’t quite achieved their potential. Right now, it’s all about making your dreams material.

3. Shift your perspective

There’s a lot of energy out there for focusing on the details. Rather than letting it amp up negative thought patterns, negativity, and self-criticism (a definite risk in Virgo territory!) why not use it to power positive change? First, focus on the goal—then, work to break it down and define the steps you’ll need to take to get there. When you’ve finished, all that will be left to do is put one foot in front of the other on the path you’ve so clearly laid out.

There’s no better time than right now through late September to commit to the practice of just doing it—no matter what.

4. Write to-do lists, create action plans, and set reminders in your phone

These are the small tools we have at our disposal now to facilitate big-time progress toward our goals.

5. Find your joy

Everyone has it: that skill, gift, talent or ability that we love—and that others can’t get enough of.  Know what it is? Good, because there’s a good chance that that unique talent of yours is your ticket to a future filled with equanimity, energy, engagement, and love. Now’s the time to find your joy—and work to bring it into the world in a way that others can appreciate.

6. Practice

You want to run a marathon, you know you have it in you—you can even see yourself crossing the finish line to the cheers and applause of the crowd. But every time you lace up your shoes and hit the trails (or sidewalk), you’re bummed by how quickly you tire out and have to stop, which makes you want to throw out the whole idea. Here’s the good news: There’s no better time than right now through late September to commit to the practice of just doing it—no matter what. That means gutting it out, even when you’re tired. It means heading back out, even when you’d rather sleep in. It’s these small commitments that enable us to create big change in our lives.

7. Change your mindset, change your life

Anything is possible when we set our minds to it. Virgo is all about how we use the power of the mind to achieve results that change our material lives. Harness this energy, and you’ll have the tools to turn your dreams into everyday reality.

The stars can also impact what boosts your mood—here’s how to be happier, according to your astrological sign. And if you really want to get productive, you might want to consider monotasking.