Schedule some time at the beginning of the week to put day-to-day tasks on hold while you take an in-depth look at the state of your industry -- or even the state of your own career. Around Wednesday, you're bold and it's beautiful; while others strategize, you're moving forward and gaining ground. If you've got a goal in sight at the workweek's end, however, you may want to take an indirect route to attain it. Giving someone else a leg up can optimize your own efforts. A brainstorming session -- even solo -- is fruitful this weekend.