Hi I recently discovered this site and have been impressed with the calibre of the feedback I've seen in some other journals here. Brett Steenbarger says that practice doesn't make perfect if the stuff you're practicing isn't any good, and that working hard won't do you any good if you're not also working smart. I'm in a position where I honestly don't know if I'm working smart or not. I've never had any experienced traders give me feedback on what I'm doing and am looking forward to getting some advice here. Now, as a quick synopsis of what I'm trying to do. I trade ES on a 5-minute chart. On my ES chart I have VWAP and the previous days value area marked off, and below chart $Tick and Advance-Decline. I also have a 5-min SPY chart with 20 and 50 emas (because I figure there are way more stock traders than futures traders, and because it allows me to see day session-only price action), which I'll sometimes briefly toggle out to 15-min if I find myself getting too myopic. On a suspected range day I'll replace the ema's with bollinger bands as there are sometimes some nice bollinger pong trades to be had. All trading starts with a look at the 30-min day session chart to give a larger scale framework from which to view my intraday trades. Are we trending? If so, is the trend fresh, or showing signs of exhaustion? Are we in a trading range? If so, near the high or the low of the range? Stuff like that. I try not to be a frequent trader, I'm ok with only placing a few trades in a week, though I sometimes go off the rails a bit. Yes, it's boring as hell but I find the more I trade, the more unbalanced I become, and the worse I end up doing. I'll post up today's trades in a bit.