How to Survive Mercury Retrograde

Or make it hurt as little as possible.
  1. Patience.
    Know that things will be a mess, but it's going to be okay.
  2. Plan.
    Travel, in particular, tends to be more difficult, so give yourself a little extra time to get to the airport or wherever, but know that you'll deal with delays once there, so bring a book.
  3. Take all the extra steps.
    Mercury rules technology and communication, so bring backups/printouts of whatever you're planning on presenting. Also true for boarding passes; I rarely print mine out, but I'm glad I did one MR when I showed up at the airport and all the computers were down. I could go through security because I had a printout of my ticket!
  4. Double check your message went through.
    Emails go to spam folders, texts never send, messages get deleted, so just double check and follow up.
  5. Try not to sign contracts or buy anything mechanical.
    Sometimes this is impossible, but whenever possible I try to sign before MR or wait until after. Also, things I've purchased during MR like appliances or phones or computers tend to be bratty, so again, avoid if you can.
  6. Know that you will hear from exes; don't get it twisted.
    MR tends to be a time when I hear from exes (former friends, guys I've dated, whatevs). Brace yourself for the inevitable and it won't be so annoying.
  7. Communicate clearly.
    Invariably, I think I'm on the same page with someone and it turns out we're not even in the same book. So when in doubt, write it down and check with them.
  8. Revisit old projects.
    This one can be good! If there's a project or idea you've not worked on in a while, now is a good time to check in on it or revisit it.
  9. Save. Save. Save your work.
    And then save it again. And then email it to yourself. And then email it to another account. And save it again. And pare it in the body of an email. Crazy? Maybe. But taking the extra step > losing the work.