Archive for the ‘Productivity’ Category

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…)

Windows 10: Get the Weather and Keep Your Privacy

If you’re like most traders, you like to keep your information close to the vest. And you studiously avoid anything that smacks of big brother.

So you probably already have Windows 10 set up to not let Microsoft have access to all the information they would like to access (like the location of your computer). After all, why should Microsoft know any more about you and your business than you absolutely have to tell them.

On the other hand, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s nice to be able to quickly pull up the local weather on my computer. Yes, I know it’s on my phone. But if my hands are already on the keyboard, it’s just faster to check it there. (I have the live tile for the weather set up under my start menu.) (more…)

How to Avoid Drowsiness While Trading

If you’re a trader like me, you know that trading, more than almost any other career, demands complete focus for many hours a day. And to really be successful, you need a system that helps you make decisions in a consistent, logical manner.

But having a system of rules for when to buy and when to sell is not enough. It’s not enough because it doesn’t take into account the physical ability of your body and your brain to carry out the rules.

If your brain isn’t sharp and alert because, for example, you didn’t sleep well last night, then you’re likely to miss an opportunity to buy. (more…)

Quick Tip for Navigating Windows 10 Start Menu

Lots of traders skipped Windows 8/8.1, going straight from 7 to 10. A big reason for that was because the Start Menu disappeared in Windows 8. It came back partially in Windows 8.1, but didn’t really come back in all its glory until Windows 10. In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (August 2016), Microsoft changed […]

What’s New in Windows 10: Edge Browser

Microsoft and Google have been fighting over your Internet surfing grounds for years. With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft has upped their game with the new Edge browser. (Edge will eventually completely replace Internet Explorer.) Just looking at the data, like speed benchmarks, Chrome and Edge compare nicely. And, there are lots of cool things […]