Disorganized Crime – Part I

After an unplanned, but much needed hiatus from my writing dumps, Dr. Pipslow is back in action! Expect the normal schedule of weekly posts from here on. Thanks for coming back.

What one thing do Dr. Seuss’s Christmas Grinch, Austin Powers’ Dr. Evil and Superman’s arch nemesis, Lex Luther, have in common? They’re all super friendly? No. They’re all super nut jobs? Close… but no. Their evil plans to stop Christmas, take over the world and kill Superman were all thwarted because of disorganization and improper time management? Bingo!

I know, it was an easy question. I’ll make it hard next time. If you’re anything like the Grinch or Dr. Evil, you’ve probably faced your share of disorganization living that crazy, hectic, up-side-down tsunami called your life. It’s sad to say that most of us are on the same boat, sinking ever so slowly, and either never getting anything accomplished, or never getting the important things accomplished! Too many of us walk around with laundry lists that never get finished and continue to grow. I’ll do it “later in the day” turns into “later in the week”, turns into “before next Christmas, 2007.” Yikes.!

So what is an up and coming super star in Forex trading to do? How can you maximize your time and actually be a more productive trader (and human being for that matter)? By being more organized and managing your time like a pro! The secret is out! Tell all of your friends!

I know, it was an easy question. I’ll make it hard next time. If you’re anything like the Grinch or Dr. Evil, you’ve probably faced your share of disorganization living that crazy, hectic, up-side-down tsunami called your life. It’s sad to say that most of us are on the same boat, sinking ever so slowly, and either never getting anything accomplished, or never getting the important things accomplished! Too many of us walk around with laundry lists that never get finished and continue to grow. I’ll do it “later in the day” turns into “later in the week”, turns into “before next Christmas, 2007.” Yikes.!

“How do I do this,” you ask? The easy answer – get a personal assistant to do your work! Ha, if only it was Christmas already, that could be a possibility. But since most of us don’t have the extra cash or a willing spouse to allow for an assistant or two, we’ll have go another route, and look elsewhere. I’ve compiled a small list of tips, tasks and tricks to try today, tonight or tomorrow. Tantalizing!

We’re starting easy with the next two.  Let’s call if the Spring Cleaning in the Fall section.

  1. Clean off that paper and junk explosion on your desk or work area you call your trading station.  You’re less likely to become distracted if you have a clean and uncluttered area to do your business. ,
    1. Go the extra mile by not just sorting the various papers, journals, magazine, and mailings on your desk into nice and neat piles, but actually filing or throwing them away.
    2. Dust balls should be a sign that you haven’t dusted since Gorbachev was in office, and that your mother would be ashamed. Bust out the cleaner and polish, and get to work.
    3. Remove all the extras on your desk that don’t belong –toys, gadgets, empty coffee cups, food crumbs, or the lasted fashion magazine – these are all evil distractions masterfully placed to grab your attention when you need it the most
    4. And take out the overflowing pile of smelly dung called your trash bin. Oh, and your office floor isn’t exactly a trash bin.
  2. On to the computer – the brain behind all things worth living for in this life.  Huh?  Sorry, I lost my train of thought staring at the computer screen.  Mesmerizing!
    1. Open up your favorite email manager, whether that be Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Hotmail, AOL, and get to filtering all those email messages.
      1. Is your Inbox over run by SPAM?  That’s too bad, but you’re not alone, and others are dealing with it just fine.  Get some anti-spam software or just stop visiting those… nature web sites. Yea, that’s right, NATURE web sites.
      2. Create archive folders to hold the important stuff you just can’t let go, like Alan Greenspan’s 2003 speech to… what, you didn’t keep a copy of that?
      3. Get rid of everything else!
    1. Part of your email problem is that you’re subscribed to too many newsletters!  Pick 2-3 really good ones (especially our Daily Forex Newsletter) and leave it at that.  Sometimes too much information can work against you.
      1. Do this now!

For those of you who where brought up to take showers and make your bed daily probably breezed through the easy stuff above.  Just say thank you.  That’s all I ask.  But wait, there’s more! 

Part II, coming next week, and thrillingly called Disorganized Crime – Part II, will delve even deeper into the trenches of disorganized crime and will seek to put an end to those dastardly foes keeping you becoming a successful Forex trader.

See you next week, same time , same place. To the Batmobile, I mean Forexmobile, umm, Dr. Pipslow! Wait, that’s me. Nevermind…

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