Archive for the ‘Productivity’ Category

4 Ways to Become a More Focused Trader

Houses over 4,000 square feet drive me nuts. I’d rather rent houses as I travel the world than get the life sucked out of me trying to maintain more ‘stuff.’ In my stockbroker heyday, I owned a big house. Now, I live in a reasonably sized house. Why? Because big houses and expensive toys demand […]

3-Step Goal-Setting System Helps Traders Plan for New Year

The Thanksgiving and Christmas season puts retailers like Walmart, Target, and Macy’s in a frenzy. Many retailers must hit their holiday sales goals or they’ll miss out on 40% of their annual revenue. They plan ahead all year to ensure they’ll capture holiday traffic. While you and I were enjoying spring break earlier this year, […]

3 Ways Traders Can Eliminate Eye Strain from Computers

Did you know optometrists can take a picture of the inside of your eye? Me neither. This replaces dilation. Seeing the inside of my own eye is a freaky, out-of-body experience. But, I’ll take a dilation-free exam any day! My optometrist asked what I did for a living during my latest check-up. As soon as […]

How to Record Calls Over Skype

Skype is an amazing tool! Many of my blog readers and customers already know about Skype. They often use it to video chat with long-distance family. However, there’s so much more you can do with Skype. One of the most overlooked features is recording calls with Skype. For some strange reason, Skype doesn’t come with […]

Tips for Organizing the Mess Under Your Desk

The target of my devotion is clear. I love trading. And, I love trading from my home office computer most of all. The target of my hatred is clear as well. I hate CABLES! They make such a mess. They’re ugly dust collectors. No matter how hard I try to keep cables organized, the spaghetti […]

How to Start Trading: Planning to Succeed

“I love it when a plan comes together.” If you remember watching the TV show (or movie) The A-Team, you’ll recognize that as the catchphrase of the team’s leader, Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith. This always made me laugh because the team was creating ridiculously ambitious plans and taking huge risks to pull off impossible missions. […]

3 Productivity Tips for Multi-Monitor Trading Computers

When you think of a trading computer, you probably imagine a wall of monitors. I remember when I first started as a broker, guys used to stop by my office just to gawk at the two gigantic monitors I had on my desk. Having two monitors was a big deal for traders back then. Nowadays, […]

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 […]