Archive for the ‘Productivity’ Category

3 Mistakes Successful Traders Avoid

Business coaches love to say “fail big or go home!” That statement drips of motivation, but it’s not practical in the trading world. Failing big means losing $10,000, $20,000 or even a million dollars. No thanks. On the other hand, If you’ve ever traded real money, you know we all make mistakes. Believe me, I’ve […]

Answer These 5 Questions Before You Start Trading

When I first started helping other people improve their trading (many years ago now), the people who came to me were already experienced traders. In fact, most of my customers have been trading between 3 and 10 years. Lately, however, I’m seeing more and more people who have never traded on their own (i.e., without […]

3 Healthy Ideas for Traders Who Sit at Their Desk All Day

To be a great trader, you must be healthy. Healthy traders are more focused and are better decision makers. And to be healthy, you must have healthy habits. Here’s the trader’s dilemma: you have to be at your desk to trade, but sitting at your desk too long is unhealthy. Research shows one overwhelming conclusion […]

How to Pick the Best Wireless Router For You

For years, I have insisted traders use a wired connection. An Ethernet cable plugged directly into a modem or router is the best, most secure connection for trading. Don’t trade all day, every day over wireless internet if you can avoid it. But, if you can’t be wired (or if you feel like sitting on […]

9 Keys to Trading Computer Productivity

Some of us traders spend 8 to 10 hours a day at our computer. Believe me when I say I want to decrease time at my computer, not increase it. Consequently, when I’m at my computer, I’m always looking for ways to be more productive and efficient. Over the years, as I’ve discovered new ways […]

7 Habits of Highly Successful Traders

  As I was searching through my book shelves this week, I stumbled on a classic: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I love learning about how to be more successful. In fact, I’ve written two books on the subject of being a successful trader. I interviewed 17 different traders to find out how […]

3 Time Saving Tips for Your Trading Computer

There’s a big difference between busy work and meaningful work. While it feels good to complete tasks and conquer the day, just checking off busy-work items has a way of lulling us into a false security. Are you making the most of your time? Or, are you wasting time on low-value work? As a business […]

How to Never Miss An Important Email Again

How to Never Miss An Important Email Again

Ten minutes passed. I was still waiting, but nothing arrived in my Gmail inbox. My day got busy, and I forgot all about that urgent email. At 4:00 pm it dawned on me. I still didn’t have it. Fed up, I decided to check my spam folder. Sure enough! I received it at 9:04 am, two minutes […]

Open File Location: Another Windows/File Explorer Timesaver

In an earlier post, I showed you how to use Favorites in File Explorer to quickly find files. (‘Favorites’ are now called ‘Quick access’ in Windows 10, but they work pretty much the same way.)

Another feature of File Explorer—that you may never have noticed—is ‘Open file location’.

The great thing about this feature is there isn’t anything to set up. It’s just a menu option that’s always available in File Explorer. And there are even some situations where it’s available from the desktop. But I’m getting ahead of myself. (more…)

Windows 10: Explore the Action Center

If you used to be a Windows 8 user, like me, you probably hated that “swipe in from the right” thing you had to do to change settings and run searches. Man, that was so annoying to have to swipe just the right way to get it to show and to stay showing.

Fortunately, some things in that right-hand swiping window are now in the Start Menu. Not only that, Windows 10 has a much cooler, easier-to-use feature over there on the right, called the Action Center. You get to it by clicking the speech bubble at the far right end of your taskbar. (more…)