4 Tips to Limit Distractions for Home-Based Forex Traders

In an earlier article, I’ve listed the typical challenges for home-based forex traders. In this post, I’ll give y’all some tips on how to limit distractions while trading from home.

It’s 9:00 pm. After a long day at work, Jimmy switches on his laptop and turns on the TV to catch the latest Game of Thrones episode. He’s in the mood to do a bit of scalping and he has decided to open a short GBP/JPY position.

His trade is in the money at the moment, and he tells himself he’ll exit manually once price reaches his profit target. But wait a second, what’s happening? Another one of his favorite characters is about to get killed on the show! Nooooo!

By the time Jimmy takes his eyes off the TV and sets them back on his trade, it’s too late. His stop loss has been hit. He just let a winning trade turn into a loser.

Like many traders out there, Jimmy unfortunately suffers from trading distractions, which can come in the form of an annoying little brother, a clingy dog, an empty stomach, or a neck-and-neck NBA Finals game.

forex distractionsLet’s face it – we all deal with distractions, in one form or another. It doesn’t matter so much exactly what the distraction is, but rather, what’s more important is the detrimental effect that it can have on our work.

Like Jimmy, distractions take our eyes and our mind off what we should really be focusing on – trading.

What we have to realize is that trading is just like real work – you reap what you sow! You have to put in the hard work: educating yourself by going to a forex school, reading up on trading systems, going through charts like Big Pippin, being aware of the current fundamental data moving the markets, interacting with other traders in forex forums, and keeping a trade journal in order to become successful.

Yes it’s a lot of work, but as the saying goes, “Anything in life worth having is worth working for.”

You should treat trading as if it were a real job, which means taking it seriously and overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of success.

Here are some of my personal favorite tips on how to limit distractions while trading:

1. Set a defined trading time each day that you will strictly follow

Whether you trade part-time or full-time, maintaining a STRICT schedule is very important. You want to maximize the time you’ve dedicated to trading. So if your schedule says that you will trade every night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., you better trade for the full 3 hours and don’t take off at 8:50 p.m.

2. Inform your loved ones to not disturb you during trading time

Sometimes, simply asking your significant-other / roommate / best friend/ Chewbacca to not disturb you while you’re trading will do wonders for your focus. Also, knowing that they support what you’re doing can help relieve you from unnecessary stress.

3. Write down the websites that you allow yourself to visit during trading time

Write down on a piece of paper the websites you allow yourself to visit will make it easier to avoid other websites that divert your attention from trading. You can also consider using a separate browser just for trading, and setting controls that block off certain websites. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to stay focused, right?

4. Only trading-related material is allowed in your work area

Sorry, this means no PS4, Netflix, or cute cat videos! Only surround yourself with things that will help you improve your trading performance. You might even wanna consider leaving your smartphone or tablet in another room if you find it too distracting.

Maintaining focus is difficult, but it’s not impossible IF you are committed to it. Hopefully, these simple tips of mine will help you limit distractions and make you a more focused and disciplined trader.

Do you have any tips to help limit distractions? Share them with the rest of the community by commenting below!

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  • George Charalambous

    Fantastic post! I had a similar situation today! i actually quite enjoy watching Bloomberg lately. It somehow keeps me entertained and well informed. I also try to always look at their screens from their Terminals just in case they show anything valuable i can’t find anywhere else. Non-theless trading is a serious job and should be treated as such.

    • Muneef

      What? You enjoy Bloomberg?? Hey fellas run. There is an alien in human skin….
      Just kidding dear. These problems actually prove a hurdle in trading, although not much for me.

    • Dr. Pipslow

      Better Bloomberg than cat videos, right? I also know of other traders who keep channels like these in the background to help them get “in the zone.”