If You Move Frequently, A Medical Journal Is an Invaluable Tool to Have

My eldest son had surgery two weeks ago and it brought to mind a great tip that I learned from a nurse. Whether or not you have a child this is an invaluable tool to have. She suggested having a medical notebook or journal for each person in your family. It has served me very well over the years. I have done this for each of my sons, who have asthma. I have a notebook for every one of them and I log in any major health events in their lives. Vaccinations, ER visits, major illnesses, surgeries, allergy information are all logged into the book. This is so helpful if you move frequently and/or have children with a chronic health problem, like asthma.
If you move often like we do, it takes time for our medical records to catch up with us, so sometimes our health care providers do not have access to our medical records right away. This tool helps me put a medical issue in context and/or provide further information to our new doctor.
This tool will come in handy when you have to fill out medical history forms for your new doctor. It is difficult to remember the details of doctors, health events, treatments, medications and preventative care. This notebook prevents the frustration of having to wait for all of your medical records to be transferred and making phone calls to your previous doctors to get the information you need. Instead, you will have a summary of these details to hand, which will help make the transfer to your new physician easier.

Beginners Guide to Scrapbooking – How to Get Started in Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a rewarding, relaxing hobby. A� Walking into a scrapbooking store, looking at A�magazines or browsing on-line sites can be very confusing to the beginner, so let me just take you through some of the basics. A�Layouts can be single or double pages, and range from very simple to very elaborate. A�You can spend a lot of time on each layout and make all your own letters and embellishments; A�or you can take shortcuts and use ready-made stickers, embellishments and letters. A�I would suggest that the beginner take advantage of what is already available; A�and once you have mastered the basics, then move on to making your own embellishments.
There is only one rule in scrapbooking - all papers, adhesives, stickers and albums must be acid-free. A�Acid-free will help preserve your photos. A�Good scrapbooking products will also be lignin-free. A�When lignin in paper breaks down, it causes brown spots and yellowing.
Basic supplies include: A�an album and refill pages, a small paper trimmer (guillotine), a pair of craft A�scissors, a ruler, a craft mat, some coloured plain and patterned paper, and adhesive. A� A�There are numerous cutters, punches and various tools available if you want to make shapes - the most useful shape to begin with is an oval. A�There are a number of albums on the market, the standard size is 30cm x 30cm, and most scrapbooking papers will fit this size, although may need to be trimmed slightly. A�You can either cover the whole white album page with plain or patterned paper, (or a combination of both) or you can work on the white page and just highlight your photos with coloured mats and decorate the page with stickers.
Cropping photos - refers to cutting off excess background so that the subject is central. A�You will fit more photos on a page, and won't be distracted by background that doesn't tell a story. A�Sometimes you will decide to leave the background in to give a sense of scale to the subject, A�particularly in a scenic shot, and this is fine.
Once you have decided on the photos you are going to use on the page, have a really good look at them, noting the colours. A�If any one colour pops out, this is a good one to use for a mat A�for your photo. A�A mat is a piece of paper or card cut slightly larger than the photo. A�It is not essential to mat photos, but is a good way to link the photos on your page. A�If you have several colours in the photos and can't decide which colour to use as the mat, hold the photo in front of it. A�One particular colour will usually stand out. A�A good choice of colour will make the photo appear brighter and cleaner, and a poor choice will fade the photos or overwhelm them. A�When you are satisfied with the mat colour, stick your photo to it. A�If you have several photos to go on a page, mat them all before you start arranging them on the page.
Use lettering stickers or print a heading on the computer - if you draw a heading, make sure the pens are acid free.
Completing Your PageA�
Arrange the photos on the page, leaving room for a heading and journalling. A�When you are happy with the arrangement, then stick your photos down. A� A�Next, add the heading, and then the journalling.
Journalling is where you tell the story of the page. A�Journalling can be written directly on the page, or written or printed on small mats. A�Journalling should include who, what, where and when, and any comments about the day or event that stand out. A�If you are handwriting, use an acid-free pen.
Embellishments refer to any extras on the page - these can be stickers, lace, buttons, paper flowers, ribbons, tickets, programs - almost anything goes - but they should not be too bulky, and if A�not acid-free, should not come into contact with the actual photos. A�Embellishments should also complement the layout, e.g. toys would be perfect on a child's page, but not on a heritage page.
I hope this beginner's guide has been helpful. A�The great thing about scrapbooking is that the finished product is entirely your own, unique, production. A�Getting a group of friends together to scrapbook is also a good way to start. A�You can bounce ideas off one another, and on a practical level, share equipment and papers. A�I always thought I wasn't clever or crafty enough to scrapbook, or didn't have the time, but now realise that I am clever and crafty enough, because the only person I have to please is myself; A�and as far as having enough time - I usually scrapbook now instead of watching television. A�We all need some "me" time; A�and this is a perfect way to get that in.

I Don’t Have Enough Time! Implement This Simple Strategy to Take Back Control of Your Time

It seems like everyone I talk to these days is saying the same thing, "I'm too busy, I don't have enough time!" I understand. I feel the same way. Sometimes it feels like I'm on a runaway treadmill that simply won't stop. There just aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish everything on my list of things to do, or so it seems. You know that list, the one that you constantly add to and seem to never get everything on it checked off. So, maybe it's not the actual list that makes us feel that way. It just might be the approach we take to create this list that makes us crazy. After all, you can't actually manage time. Time is a constant, you can't stop it, it keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny. You can however, spend some time to develop and implement a strategy to take control of your time. So, let's get started. Determine what is important to you, how you spend your time, what you're doing that wastes time, what tasks can be delegated or outsourced, and put together a plan to work smarter, not harder. This will help keep your stress at bay!
A� Goal setting - Determine the things that are important to you. Write them down, these are your goals. If you work in an office, chances are, either your boss has set some goals for you or delegated this task to you. Incorporate that concept into your personal life. Be specific and make your goals measurable. For example, if one of your goals is to spend more quality time with your family, one of your tasks may be to schedule a weekly family activity. At the end of the year, you will have a plethora of memories from those family activities!
A� Activity journal - As you go through your day, write down all the activities that you perform and how much time you spend on each activity, for 1 week. This journal may include, cleaning your house, drive time to and from work, picking up the kids from daycare, mowing the lawn, preparing dinner & school lunches, paying bills, checking emails, catching up with friends on Face Book, etc. Include the amount of sleep you get every night. This may be a wake up call to add another goal to go to bed earlier to get more sleep to optimize health and productivity!
A� Time wasters - Take a look at your activity journal for the amount of time you spend on each activity. Do some investigation to determine how to spend less time on an activity. For example, if you spend a lot of time looking for a specific email in your inbox because you have 2346 of them in there, it's time to set up folders for specific topics, and implement rules for incoming messages to go right into those folders. You'll spend less time looking for that specific message when you need it. A good rule to implement for a more efficiently organized inbox is to keep only those messages that you haven't read yet or need to take action on. Move to a folder or discard all others.
A� Delegation - Delegation is an option that I believe is currently underused these days. It seems that we try to do everything ourselves, which is not an efficient use of our time. Running a household is a huge job and everyone in the family needs to make a contribution if possible. When they're old enough, teach the kids to make their beds, take out the trash, feed the pets, and set the table for dinner. Keep a family task list of routine activities on the refrigerator with everyone's name and assigned tasks so that it's a constant reminder of each family members responsibilities.
A� Outsourcing - Outsourcing is a huge timesaver! There are some tasks that need to be done that you may not know how to do, or you do know how to do them but they consume a lot of time that would be better used on something else. For example, mowing & trimming the lawn. If you have a huge yard that needs to be cut weekly, it may take you a couple of hours minimum to complete. By hiring a lawn service, you could use that time for other tasks, or to get some much needed rest and relaxation.
A� Task list - Create a list of all your tasks from your activity journal, as well as other tasks that you know you need to do. Do not be vague, be specific! This is very important. If the task is large, for example, paint the bedroom, break it down into smaller tasks, such as buy the paint and supplies, determine the best day to paint, remove the furniture, etc. If a task is dependent on another task, like in the example of painting the bedroom, write that dependency next to the task. Prioritize the tasks on this list based on task dependency, due date, and importance.
A� Schedule - Now it's time to schedule the tasks on your list. Begin with the tasks that have the highest priority and importance. Estimate how much time it will take to complete these tasks and be realistic. Add some extra time for unexpected interruptions. This allows for flexibility in your schedule. After all, we don't know what we don't know. If you have a task that requires exceptional brainpower or creativity, schedule that task during the time of day when you are at your peak performance. All these tasks need to be scheduled in your daily planner; either a manual paper planner or an electronic planner, whichever works best for you. Keep your planner with you always. That way, when you need to schedule a new appointment or task, you will know your availability. Keep prioritization in mind as you schedule new appointments or tasks.

Fitness Over 40 Just A Dream? Here Are Great Weight Loss Tips For Fitness Over 40

Fitness over 40 is a fleeting thought for many people these days. Our demanding careers, diets of processed foods and hectic lifestyles tend to create a gradual decline in our health. The good news is that there are ways to reclaim your youthful energy.
The first step to fitness over 40 is to keep a food journal. This serves a multitude of purposes. The first is to make you more aware of what you are eating on a daily basis. It is amazing the people who say they don't eat very much because they don't eat large meals, yet when they add up the calories of what they eat all day long, it is much more significant than they thought. Also, we don't generally think of beverages as "eating", yet with today's calorie packed sodas, smoothies and even specialty coffees, beverages can have a significant impact on your daily caloric intake.
Another benefit to keeping a food journal is the ability to analyze where your calories are coming from so you can make substitutions, add certain nutrients or just "tweak" you current diet. Fitness over 40 is a lot easier when you make small, incremental changes rather than starting a new plan from scratch.
As a fringe benefit, sometimes just the habit of writing down everything you eat will prevent you from consuming unhealthy foods just because you don't want to write it down! That's a good thing!
Step two on the road to fitness over 40 is a total body cleanse and detoxification program. This is SO important. The environment we live in today exposes our bodies to a great deal of toxins. Toxins come so many places - from the food we eat in the form of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and food additives, from the products we use to clean our homes, to exhaust and chemical fumes, and more. More than 100,000 new chemicals have been introduced into our environment in the last 50 years. Did you know that there are even chemical fumes from the carpet in your home?
Now, it is true that our bodies are designed to naturally eliminate toxins. With the toxic overload that we ingest today, though, many people's systems have such a toxic burden that it leads to illness and disease. Think about it. Degenerative diseases like diabetes, heart disease - they don't happen over night. It's not like you are healthy one day, and you wake up the next with diabetes or heart disease. These types of degenerative diseases develop gradually, over time, one unhealthy lifestyle choice after another, one more day of toxic exposure after another; until your body is so overburdened it breaks down.
One thing to remember about detoxifying is that fat is an organ. The fat in your body will store excess toxins in an effort to protect your more vital organs from damage. In this case, fat is your friend! It is protecting you. You will NEVER lose that fat, no matter how much you diet and exercise, until you lose the toxins that fat is storing. This is especially true of the fat around your midsection. If you have been overweight for a long period of time, chances are there are a lot of toxins stored in your fat tissues. The right total body cleanse and detoxification program can eliminate those toxins and enable you to lose that weight for good.
Step three is to eat organic food. This is vitally important. Get over the cost. Get past the mental barrier of thinking it's a marketing ploy. The truth is if you are not eating organic food you are consuming a wide variety of toxins, as we just mentioned, not to mention the genetically modified foods you are eating. If you don't eat organic, you are just compounding the toxins in your body. Compounding is great for interest on your CD - it's NOT a good thing for weight loss.
Step three also includes balancing the nutrients in your diet. Fitness over 40 requires a healthy mix of protein, animal or non-animal sources, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Don't be tempted by extreme diets that eliminate whole sources of nutrients like low carb or no fat diets. You may lose a few pounds, however when you revert to your normal eating habits you will gain that weight back, and more.
Your body requires fat to lubricate joints and cushion organs. Carbohydrates are essential for energy, and sugar helps your brain to function properly. The key to health and weight loss is the RIGHT kinds of fats, carbs and protein, in the RIGHT quantity, at the RIGHT time.
It's much more effective to develop long term, sustainable healthy eating plans that provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. This will not only promote weight loss, you will have fewer cravings and improve your health.
Step four is to drink more water. How much water do you need for fitness over 40? Take your weight and divide it by 2. That is how many ounces of water to drink every day.
Keep track in your food journal of how much water you drink every day, in ounces. Now, look at your food journal and see how many other beverages you drank besides water. Next time you reach for a beverage other than water, have an 8 oz glass of water FIRST. Then, if you still want to drink the other beverage, go ahead. As your body becomes better hydrated your cravings for other beverages will decrease. Many times we are thirsty, yet reach for sugar instead. You will also learn to distinguish between hunger and thirst. Make it a goal every day to drink your total ounces of water. Put all your water for the day in a container so you can see at a glance how much you have drank. Drink 8 ounces as soon as you get up. Have a glass or two 30 minutes before each meal. Some people have more success sipping on their water throughout the day, rather than drinking 12 - 16 ounces at a time. What ever works for you, as long as you get it all in every day.
Step five is to increase your level of physical activity. If you have been sedentary for a while, working at a desk, watching TV or sitting in front of a computer at night, then start out slowly. You might want to start out by just taking a walk. Get yourself a pedometer. Wear it for a few days or a week to determine your current level of physical activity. Let's say you currently walk about 2,000 steps a day. Now, every day, make it a goal to add 1,000 steps. You can do 1,000 steps in about 10 minutes. And you don't have to do it all at one time. This fitness over 40 plan is flexible! Park farther away from the door. Take a flight of stairs or two instead of the elevator. Use the rest room at the other end of the building. Spend more time walking around the mall or store. There are hundreds of ways to get more steps. Over the course of a week or two, increase your steps until you are at 10,000 steps a day. This is the level of physical activity required for keeping your metabolism at a rate to promote weight loss. For 10,000 steps a day you will more than likely have to go for a walk every day. That is a good thing - be sure to schedule it into your daily calendar.
Follow these tips every day for fitness over 40 and beyond.

Content Writing- Helps to Optimize The Website by Judiciously Incorporating Keywords

Content writing is said to be the most easy and relatively straight-forward thing one can ever do. But when you finally sit down for it then you realize how difficult it can be. Web content writing means writing quality yet unique content for the website so that ultimately it boosts the business and your website. But ironically web content writing is chiefly driven by seo and web design. To be more precise web design literally dictates that what font should be used, particular type of wording, perfect layout.

This is just for the benefits of the visitors so that they never feel uncomfortable or disappointed while surfing your site. Same happens in the seo as they want the content which is search engine keyword friendly. Thus, in short web content writers have to listen what seos and web designers have to say. To be honest web content writing is not as easy task and involves a careful process. And this careful process is basically dependent upon the right information, the right style, and the right keywords. All these measure are taken just to attract more visitors, easy for search engines to index, assuring that you achieve a good ranking and are easier for web users to find. Thus, it won't be wrong to say that web content writing is an art and skill which is to tackle with full ease.

Else you will end up loosing your visitors and customers. The sure shot mantra to web content writing is that each and every word should be focused on the reader or visitor. The content should be very engrossing and crisp so that visitor is bound and attracted to read it till the end. As longer the visitor sticks around your website, the better your chance of getting your message across.

And in return you'll achieve your goal for which you actually strived for. Considering the growing importance of content writing many companies have started hiring as well as providing professional writers who excel in the field of web content writing and could provide the best and satisfying services to their employers. The companies who wish for best content for their websites prefer to get the job done by professional writers to thrive excellence in the field. For that they simply search for the companies who provide content writing services through any search engine and hire the services which are most suitable.

content writing services entail website content writing, SEO Content Writing, brochure writing, blog writing, review writing, product descriptions, theme-based article writing, essay writing & editing and more. A website content service isn't just for website copy. It broadly consists of web articles, blogs, press releases, web pages and all other written content. These websites are on various subjects and cater to the web surfers all across the globe.

Website content writing is written in a particular manner adhering to the set guidelines. It depends upon the companies that serve their own subject matter. The matter posted on these websites is written by professional writers known as content writers.

Content writers play a vital role in the proficient content writing services. They serve various content in the various forms of articles, blogs, press realses to enhance the progress of the website promotions. They have a skill of learning and exploring new subjects which makes them expert in their writing.

Content writing services serve many benefits to website owners and businesses, and many countries in the world that have seen this service grounding positively for their company. It offers the company to expand their services on a broad range without considering a special field. Hence, it serves the viewers to get focused and knowledge of the website and ensures the business to get evolution in no time.

Auction House Secrets

As a young Mage in my early levels it took me while to make gold in World of Warcraft. I roamed around the streets of Stormwind stoney broke for many a level with pitiful gear and no mount. The truth was that I spent far too long hanging out with mates in the Pig and Whistle instead of learning to trade on the Auction House.
Now listen, friend, if this sounds like you then don't despair. You are not alone. The truth is that the player propping up the bar next to you is just as likely to be as broke as you - if not more so.
It's not your fault. Blizzard does not teach us how to make gold. We're told at an early stage of the game to simply knock a few mobs on the head and loot the corpses. No wonder we're all broke! Grinding and questing are the ways most players learn to collect gold in Warcraft. And while they are both ways to make a little gold they are also time consuming and grinding can be just plain boring.
Now pay close attention, friend, for here's a tip: the quickest and easiest way to make gold in World of Warcraft is to learn how to master the Auction House, for it is here that all commerce of the gold economy takes place. Without a basic understanding of the Warcraft gold economy you'll be forever starved to gold and destined to wander Azeroth without mount or decent gear. You'll always be a noob amongst champions.
Now many a player struggles with the Auction House and it is easy to understand why. With literally thousands of items listed every day a player can be forgiven if they get a little confused. Basically, most players need to ask these basic questions:

What do I sell

What's it worth

What quantity to post

How long to post

When to post
Even if players think they have something to sell, it can be very hard to work out its true worth i.e. its 'market value'. To do this, a player would have to scour the Auction House listings - of which there are thousands - and find the most frequently quoted price on any given day (called the median price) and average this over several days for any given item.
If this sounds like hard work, it is!
Fortunately there are a number of very good addons that can automate the whole process. The most venerable - and probably still the best - is Auctioneer which can still be downloaded free of charge. If you do nothing else, friend, heed my advice and download this addon - it will transform your game.
But even if you download this addon, you're just getting started. The real game begins when competing with the hundreds of other players using the same tool.
I've written a whole guide on this very topic called Auction House Secrets that takes you step by step through the Warcarft Auction House system and teaches you the tactics and strategies of the champions.
So, friend, take action and learn the secrets of the Auction House and start to trade like a champion and not like a noob.

How Writing in a Journal Can Help Depression

Writing in a journal to overcome depression is a simple cost-effective way to combat depression, anxiety and stress.
Release the pent up thoughts and emotions that come with depression: Often with depression comes anxiety. Anger and negative thoughts bombard your mind minute by minute, you feel trapped in thoughts that no one will understand. Some of the thoughts maybe to personal to discuss. A journal is generally kept private it is the perfect place to vent and release any pent up emotions you have.
Try it you'll feel better.
Take a look In the mirror: Write about yourself, who you are, what you think, what you have done and why. This gives you a good look at yourself, exposes places you can improve, uncovers those places where the negative thoughts hide, and the ones that darken your mood.
More importantly, learn about your good points. When you're depressed you feel worthless, and don't see your good points. Find your good points, look deeply and congratulate yourself daily for being good. Look for accomplishments and learn to pat yourself on the back.
Safe place to hang out: Your journal is a safe place to hang out. Draw, sketch, draw funny cartoons and make funny observations of the world around you, let it all hang out. Escape the realities of life for a few moments, enjoy. have fun.
Where you were, where you are: By continuing to write in a journal, you' will be able to identify behaviors, thoughts and feelings that bring you down and those that bring you closer to recovery.

You Will Be Warmly Touched and Heavenly Inspired

We all start out as infants in this world, depending on someone to nurture, love, and take care of us. We go through the discovery of everything being new, fresh, and exciting. Then the adolescent years come upon us and, as we become young adults, we learn different kinds of lessons about life from the people around us. Time goes on and we get older as do our mothers and fathers.
One day we may find ourselves expected to take care of them. We know that, as we get older, we may lose our sight, hearing, and memory. But nothing can prepare us for what happens when our loved one's dementia turns into Alzheimer's. The caretaker inevitably feels lost and alone. Our loved ones are not themselves anymore--at least not the way we remember them. They don't know who we are and they don't know who they are.
Some of us listen to what the doctors say and put them in the hands of professionals in a care center for the elderly. But some of us take on the challenge of caring directly for our parents, just as they once took care of us. We're not sure what is on the road ahead, but we know that we love our parents and want only the best for them.
When it was discovered that my father-in-law was not himself and his mental health was deteriorating we took on the task to care for him. It was hard to deal with the man he had become. We had to remember that he was now a victim of the disease--that this person was not longer really him anymore. It was a greater challenge than we could have imagined, caring for him to his dying day; but it was also rewarding.
Remember you are not alone. Don't feel that you've failed when you're aggravated, depressed, or angry. These emotions only show that you are human. I discovered "sun-downers" which is when the person is disoriented at dusk, and that was when dad was really not himself. As he was getting into the later stages of Alzheimer's he was restless and agitated and I started him on resperdol to help try to keep him calm. I used adult day cares for respite time a few hours of the day, just so I could let my mind and body rest. I also ran miles and prayed for strength to get me through this stressful time. Support groups also were very helpful for advice and knowledge from others dealing with this disease. And hospice was wonderful as dad was in the final stages of his Alzheimer's and helped us get ready for his death.
If you are a caregiver or plan to be one, remember that MOMENTS are important. Hang on to those good moments even when the rest of the day is hard. Respite care is important, because if you don't take care of your self than how can you take care of your loved one. Support groups are very important so that you can vent, give ideas and get ideas from others. And remember that to the world you are but only one person, but to that one person you may be the world.

Success – Acknowledging Success is the Key to Creating Continued Prosperity

Prosperity is something everyone seeks to some extent throughout their lifetime. But like many other things, we tend to wonder why it eludes us in our quest for either a small portion or continued amount of being prosperous. But very seldom can we pinpoint a crucial factor when it comes to enjoying a life full of all the things we desire and work towards.
Acknowledging success in every form is a sure way of allowing more and more abundantly of the desires of our hearts. More time, more money, more relationships are some of the things we work towards and the list goes on. An important aspect in achieving the things that you set your heart on receiving is to start a story board or dream board to identify what those certain things are. Once that is in place, the aspect of reaching for those goals is easier to put into motion. This is considered an action plan and helps you to focus on the finish line.
But the element that is left out in so many cases is the actual acknowledgment of each success when you reach each goal. In too many cases the goal is reached and a new one is put in its place. But how do you grow with the completion of each goal if you do not keep a record of the occasion? And what can you do to make a record for future reference of the milestones you reach? The answer is to keep a success journal. A daily journal is even more specific because it helps you to focus on the accomplishments you have on a daily basis. All of us have successes everyday regardless if they are big or small.
Once you have a record of each milestone you reach, you can now celebrate those moments and revisit those milestones when things tend to look a little they can as you progress. These successes give you places of reference when you look back and see how far you come.

Maintaining a Trading Journal – A Very Important Characteristic That Every Forex Trader Should Have

Do you know what is a forex trading journal? Do you know the importance of maintaining a forex trading journal? A trading journal is a record or a book which keeps track of all of your successful or unsuccessful trades. It is very important for you to keep track of all your trades, whether you win the trade or lose the trade as you can use this information for future trades as a reference. Lets say entered a trade with some reason in specific trading hours, but you lost the trade. The technique might have worked for you earlier but not in this trading hours. With this trade, you come to know that the technique won't work in the specific trading hours. If you don't note it down or keep track of it, in future you may do the same mistake again and you will lose the trade again. A trading journal can be used to refer all the mistakes you did in the past so that you won't do them again. All successful forex traders maintain a forex trading journal.
So if you want to maintain your own trading journal what are the important things that you have note down. The following are some of the things that you can note when you start writing your own forex trading journal.
Trading Currency Pair: Note down the currency pair you are trading or you have traded for example EURUSD, GBPUSD etc.
Long or Short: In forex terms Long means buying a currency pair and short means selling a currency pair. Record whether you bought the currency pair or sold the currency pair.
Trade Won or Lost: Record whether you won the trade or lost the trade. If you won the trade note down the reason why you won the trade like any technique you used, any economic news you used to enter the trade etc. Also note down the exit strategy you used for coming out of the trade. If you lost the trade then also you have to note down the reasons for losing the trade.
Trading time: Record the day and time you entered the trade. Also record the time zones you entered like asian time zone, london timings, NY timings etc. This is very important as some trades may work only in specific timings and this information, you can use in future.
Entry Price, Exit Price and No. of Pips: Record the entry price and exit price and also the number of pips you lost or won.
No. of lots you traded: Record the number lots you traded.
Any techniques used: Record any techniques or methods you used for your trading.
Screenshots: Screenshots are very important when you are maintaining a trading journal. As all of us know a picture speaks a thousand words. Even if you note down all the above points and if you don't have a picture, in future, you may not be able to understand your own trade you took. So saving a picture of the trades you are doing is very important.
The above are some of the things that you have to note down if you want to become a successful trader. You may also note down any additional remarks, if you want.
How to maintain a trading journal: Generally forex traders use an excel work sheet or a microsoft word to keep notes of the above things (to maintain trading journal). But when the number of trades are increasing the size of the files also increases.
Moreover when you are saving the screenshots of the trades the file sizes increases more and more. So it causes problems in opening or saving these files. So after a certain point you may have to start a new excel or word file. These problems cause you trouble when you want to sort your trades. For example you want to take a look at all your lost trades or all your winning trades. It is very difficult to sort the trades if you save them in excel or word files.
That is why, is offering you a successful way of maintaining your own trading journal. Once you login to , under navigation block on the left side you will see the link "Create Content". Click on the link and you will see the "Trading Journal" link. If you click on that you will see the trading journal form with the following options you can use when you are creating your own trading journal post. This is completely private and no elase, other than you, can watch your trading journal.
Title: You can enter any title that fits your trade like "EURUSD break out trade - hourly chart - lost" or "GBPUSD MACD convergence divergence trade - daily chart - won" etc. It's better if your title can tell you what type of trade you are doing on the first glance so that it will be easy for you in future to find out the trade you want.
Trade Date: You can select the date on which you did the trade. If you are currently doing the trade you can leave the date as it is.
Vocabularies: Vocabularies are the different categories that you can use to categorize your trades. The following are the different categories available that you can select when creating your trading journal post.
Currency Pair: This category shows the different currency pairs like "EURUSD", "GBPUSD" etc. You need to select the curreny pair you are trading when you are creating you own trading journal post.
Short or Long Trade: If you bought the currency pair you can select the "Long Trade" option or if you sold the currency pair you can select the "Short Trade" option. In forex terminology Long Trade means buying a currency pair. Short Trade means selling a currency pair.
Trade Won or Lost: If you won the trade you can select the option "Trade Won" option or you can select the "Trade Lost" option.
Teaser or Summary: Teaser or summary is a small description of your trading journal entry. You can generally copy and paste the first few lines of the body of the trading journal.
Body: You can enter any details about your trade.
Image Picker: This can be used to upload images or screenshots. This shows four tabs. Upload, Current, Browse, Groups. Under "Upload" tab page you can upload images or screenshots of your trades. This contains the image file field using which you have to select the image or screenshot of your forex trade to upload. After that it asks for the thumnail size of the screenshot. I generally use a thumbnail size of 400 px as I like to align the image or screenshot in the middle of the content. "Scale Image" you don't need to use it. "Title" of the image. You can enter any title for the image as this will appear on the top of the image in your trading journal post. "Description" of the image. You can enter any description for the image and this will appear at the bottom of the image.
Once you upload any images you can see them under the "Current Images" tab and also under the "Browse Images" tab. "Current Images" tab shows the images currently updated and only for this post. "Browse Images" tab shows all the images that you have uplodated for all the posts that you have uploaded the pictures. Select any picture. If you have entered the title and description select the "Description" check box. Othewise you won'tsee the title and description that you have entered for that picture. If you want to insert the screenshot left aligned in the body select left option. If you want to insert the screenshot right alighned in the content select right option. If you want to insert the screenshot in the center of the content select the option "none". Click on the body field somewhere. Click on insert button and the image will be inserted in the body field.
File Attachments: If you want to attach the screenshots that you have taken you can use the file attachments and the screenshots will be attached as files to the content and you can download them any time you want.
Once you create a trading journal entry you click on the "Trading Journal" link on the left hand side to see your trading journal entries. On the trading journal page you can also see the options to sort your trades based on trade dates, currency pairs, trades short or long and trades lost or won.
Calender: Under the calender block you will see a calender which you can use to see the trades on different dates. Click on any date under calender block and you will see the trading journal entries if you entered anything for this date.
Currency Pair: Under the currency pairs block you will see all the currency pairs. If you click on any currency pair you will see any trading journal entries you entered for that pair.
Trades Won or Lost: Under this block you will see two options - Trades won and Trades Lost. If you click on any of the options you will see all the trades you that you won or lost.
Short or Long Trades: Under this block you will see two options - Short Trades and Long Trades. If you click on any of the otpions you will see all the trades you bought or sold.
So this offers a lot of options to you to maintain a very good trading journal to become a successful forex trader. You don't need to maintain your trading journal in excel or word files which take a lot of time to open or save them. You can also upload your trade screenshots or attach them as file attachments.