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Use Cheatsheets to Get Better at Trading

If you’ve ever been organized in any aspect of your life, you’ve probably used a cheatsheet or checklist. Cheatsheets are available for tasks ranging from military operations to baby sitting. It only makes sense… In the heat of the moment, it helps to have something you can look at—a printed Standard Operating Procedure—to guide your […]

What Exercise Buffs Taught Me About Trading

Not long ago, I did a survey of my readers, asking about their biggest challenges as traders. A lot of you said you just don’t have the time you feel like it requires to participate in day trading. This is a frequent concern I hear on my live webinars, too: how can someone with time […]

Top 7 Fears of Traders and How to Get Over Them

In his first inaugural address (1933), Franklin D. Roosevelt uttered the now-famous line, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He went on to show that the struggle to climb out of the Great Depression was like fighting a war. Aren’t these ideas true of trading as well? Traders are in a […]

Spring Cleaning Your Trading Computer’s Exterior Surfaces

Last spring, I wrote a post on spring cleaning your computer. That article was all about getting rid of unnecessary files and defragmenting your hard drive. It’s obvious that keeping the inner (data storage) workings clean will improve your computer’s performance (and, ultimately, your trading performance). What might not be quite so obvious is that […]

How to Manage Multiple Monitors with Aero Snap

Remember back when you only had one monitor? Remember how frustrating it was to have a bunch of windows all jumbled on top of each other so you had to dig for the one you wanted? Unfortunately, that can still happen even if you have 8 monitors like I do. I’ve learned to be careful […]

How to Use Windows/File Explorer Favorites

If you’ve been creating new files on your computer for any time at all, chances are the folder you need to pull files from and save new files to while you’re working today is five or six layers down in the navigation map in Windows Explorer (aka File Explorer). Before I figured out today’s tip, every time […]

Trading Computers How To Recover A File In Your Computer’s Recycle Bin

Trading Computer Panic Lost File

Have you ever sent an email or a text with a horribly misspelled word? Or worse, your phone’s autocorrect created an embarrassing situation for you–a text sent with a completely wrong word?

A buddy of mine texted me last week. His text to me had a horrible autocorrect. I’ll admit we had a good laugh over it. But, it reminded me of that panicked feeling you get when you send a text or an important business email with an error, or delete something by accident on your trading computer.

I’ve learned to check and recheck before hitting send. A healthy amount of nervousness and pause has saved me a time or two from making a mistake.

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Hidden Feature To Minimize Open Windows In One Step

stock trading focus

As a fellow trader, you, like myself, might have a tendency to deep-dive focus on whatever is in front of you at the moment. This can be equally good and bad. For me, I have to work carefully. If I put the wrong task in front of myself, I’ll end up spending too much time […]