Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Personal Side of Trading Performance

A worthwhile exercise for your trading journal:

Track physical variables, including sleep (quality and amount); exercise (amount and type); eating/drinking (amount and type); and overall energy level.

Track your daily productivity (amount of work you get done; quality of the work you get done); quality of your idea generation (how well you're seeing markets and generating trade ideas); quality of your trading (making right decisions at the right time); and quality of your learning from your trading (journaling, work on yourself).

Does better work lead to better attention to those physical variables?  Does more attention to the body lead to better performance in trading?  

How are you behaving during your best periods of trading?  Your worst?  How consistent is your lifestyle relative to optimal performance?

Are you like an athlete in training or do you lack training?

Further Reading:  The Performance Benefits of Exercise