The how’s and why’s of keeping a poker journal

Hopefully I’ve convinced you that a poker journal will really add value and results to your poker game. In essence the HOW is simple. Just start doing it! But, here are some things I’ve done for years with my poker journal. Hopefully you can use some of them.

While you can keep a poker journal electronically on your computer, I don’t recommend it. And while any old spiral notebook will do, I would encourage you to get something more substantial. Your next time out, take a shopping trip for a journal. About electronic journals, think of it this way; how many computer files can you find from 3 years ago? Not many. How many pictures do you have from your childhood? Probably quite a few. Physical things are permanent, electronic files are easily lost, forgotten or damaged. So go for the physical thing.

I use a refillable leather journal cover I bought at Barnes and Noble. Here’s why. Leather is good! It gives your thoughts importance and heft. Leather is permanent and comforting. When you write in this journal it draws you to become better. It’s also refillable and it has a place to keep a couple pens. All of this is important for me because I need my journal to be ready to go and hold up to my lifestyle. I go through about 1 refill every 9 months or so and I obviously keep the old journals for reference. I carry my journal with me almost all the time, and I make notes in it often.

So, what do you write in your journal?

Write down whatever comes to mind. I use my journal for personal notes and goals as well as poker goals – to me they are one in the same; because, poker makes many aspects of my life possible and my life affects my poker. I start every journal with my life goals and concepts that help me succeed at whatever I’m doing. That way I know exactly where to go to get my mind right if I start to waver.

After that I just write whatever I think is important as it comes to mind. These include things like:

– Starting Hand Charts
– Poker Session, SnG, and MTT notes
– Poker ideas I read in books, magazines and online
– Summaries of what I think helps me accomplish my poker and life goals
– Personal Improvement concepts and notes
– Repetitive Sentences – This one is important.

Poker has a great ability to tie us up in knots when we have bad sessions or make mistakes. The best way to work out the negative energy that gets built up in times like this is to write a sentence 50-100 times. That helps me work out the negative emotions and refocus my efforts. Randomly opening my journal I see a couple pages of “I will follow my rules 100% when I play.” That’s from a few sessions of breaking my own good advice and playing like a fool.

So those are some ideas of what you could keep. I have notes about what poker articles I need to write, time management actions, and even questions I use to approach life in a positive way. It’s all good!! Because the act of writing focuses the mind, it makes permanent many things that you would lose if you tried to remember them in your head; it clarifies; and it gives you something to Slot online Indonesia look back on and see your achievements.

If you’re interested in seeing inside my journal, here’s a sample. Many of these things don’t seem poker related, but they set the foundations for my poker success.

LIFE GOALS:

1. Time, Flexibility, Independence – I am an independent human being who has 100% control of my time and actions without financial restrictions or pressures.

2. Discipline, Desire, Control – I have the discipline and desire to control my own time and activities in a way that brings well-rounded fullness for me and for my family.

3. A Transforming Force – I am a positive force to transform those around me for a better and happier life.

4. Kaizen – I will improve and grow in large or small meaningful and positive ways in some aspect of my life every day until the day I die.

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make our world” The Buddha

“Things do not change. We change.” Henry David Thoreau

Problem Solving Questions: (from Anthony Robbins)

1. What is great about this problem?
2. What is not perfect yet?
3. What am I willing to DO to make it the way I want it?
4. What am I willing to no longer do to make it the way I want it?
5. How can I enjoy the process WHILE I do what is necessary to make it the way I want it?

Those are just some snippets from my poker journal. Those don’t say “poker”, but for me they are vital to continued poker success. Many of my journal entries are the basis for chapters in this book, because they have turned into full articles on the topic in question.

 

 

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