Time Management for Traders – Introduction
There are many benefits of being a trader. One of the main reasons I love being a trader is about flexibility. This means I don’t have to wake up early to go to work. I don’t have a boss to tell me what to do. I can take vacations whenever I can. I can also control my own time. Many traders however have a challenge in managing their time. They don’t know how to manage their time in an effective manner. In this article, I will highlight a few ways to manage your money effectively as a trader.
A good sleep
Some people like to brag about sleeping for a few hours. ‘I will sleep well when I die’, they say. Donald Trump, the United States president has always bragged about how he sleeps for three hours every day. He argues that it is difficult for a person that sleeps for 8 hours to compete with one who sleeps for 3 hours. I have a different opinion. I believe in having a good night sleep. Sleep helps you to stay refreshed during the day. It also helps you to avoid burnout that has affected so many people. The best way to handle sleep is to sleep early and then wake up early as well.
One of the main reasons why most people don’t achieve their time management resolutions is that they don’t have goals. Having goals means having a set of things that you want to achieve within a certain period of time. Without goals, you will have a challenge of time management. For instance, every morning, you want to have a set of things that you want to achieve during the day. When you have, this set of things, you will be at a good position to achieve most during a short period of time.
You should learn to prioritize your tasks. This means that you should always try to do the most important things first. For instance, if your main occupation is trading, you should do the best to try and do or plan your trading early in the morning. This is where you should spend a lot of time. Take time to read, watch, and make your trading tasks first. By doing this, you will be at a good position to achieve success. You should avoid trading when you are tired or when you have a lot going on.
Take time off
The problem with many people is that they want to appear busy. Even when they don’t have anything to do, you will see them try and do something. The challenge with this is that productivity is highly reduced. As a trader, you should always focus on productivity. You should be content on every one hour spent well. Therefore, in your trading day, you should have breaks.
Finally, you should do your best to avoid disruptions. This is an area where many people have a major problem at. For example, you might find yourself disrupted in terms of social media. You might find yourself spending a lot of time chatting with friends. You might also be disrupted by TV series and even music. To avoid these disruptions, you should do your best to have a good workspace that is free from disruptions. You should also be principled enough to reduce instances of being disrupted.