And so the London Olympics come to a close and I have to admit, I'm totally Olympic-ed out. I watched almost every sport and for several hours on each of the 17 days, so I am exhausted, despite the fact I barely left my armchair for 2 weeks! I'm really going to miss flicking from one sport to another, learning about sports I'd barely seen before such as handball and taekwando and seeing intelligent, humble and articulate athletes competing fairly (on the whole) and straining every sinew for nothing more than a slab of metal. Now we are about to go into the football season and I am dreading seeing the complete antithesis of cheating, diving, gamesmanship, greediness, mind-numbing interviews and self-absorbed histrionics. The Olympics will only serve as a stark contrast, highlighting how much I have fallen out of love with football. I am really going to miss them.
I am glad to get back to normal though, mostly because my trading faltered during the second week. I traded the Olympic tennis in week 1, so no problem there but I was so enthralled with the other sports, that I always had half an eye on the TV (and in some cases, both eyes!) when I should have been focusing on the ladders. As a consequence, week 2 was my worst week of trading for a long time. The Rogers Cup over in Canada, suffered from major downpours which disrupted play all week, and that also contributed to many missed matches. All in all, a sub-standard week but without Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and co. around to distract me, I expect to regain my concentration for Cincinnati this week.
This time last year, I was having a dreadful time, as you'll see from the following post:
on this, one thing that strikes me is how I didn't
know what was going to happen from one day to the next. I could have a
perfectly decent day of trading or out of nowhere I could self-destruct
and lose an entire week's good work. That has completely changed now and
I think, (aside from the obvious in that I have a much better strategy
now) a big reason for that is my routine. I didn't really have one a year
ago, or at least, not one I would stick to for very long.
have a routine that I religiously adhere to and has become ingrained. It starts from the moment I wake up in the morning, when I will do eye exercises to get me ready for a long period of staring at the ladders, so they don't get irritable or ache later on. I now always run through my daily goals whilst I shower, as I find this the best time to get my head in the right place. I get all distractions out the way early on, by checking emails and facebook etc before I start to trade. Then through the session, I make sure I stretch regularly and keep notes as I go along. I will always slot in a decent break at some point, to recharge the batteries and will go out for some fresh air if I need to. At the end of the day, I'll analyse my performance and see if there are any issues which may need to be worked on. Individually, these tasks may not seem like much but together, they work very well at keeping me focused mentally and physically. I know that I only trade badly when my body or mind is not at or near its optimum, so I know it's essential for this routine to be kept to. Last week, it wasn't and my trading suffered.
post was the beginning of a new era for me. It was the first time in
several months where I started to lift my game and work hard again. I
introduced the FPD Plan, which was the first of several new plans and
strategies I developed to improve my trading and this includes my routine. Routines can become boring and it's human nature to want to fiddle with things and change them. But that's part of the challenge of trading - holding your discipline when it becomes mundane. I now have to get back to reality and knuckle down.