Ed Seykota in the mkt wizards interview said watching the mkt during the day is like playing a slot machine, you end up feeding it all day long. This thread is primarily for swing and long term traders like myself, who make perhaps 1-2 trades a day, primarily adjusting the positions. This for me requires very little time, the question is what to do with the rest of 6-7 hours in a trading day? I have thought about this quite a bit, one issue that comes to mind and that still troubles me, is coming to terms with the fact that how can I spend perhaps just 2-3 hours a week trading, and making kind of money that most people make in a month. Most of us are taught that you succeed in life by working hard, when you put in 10 hour day you have earned your livelihood. However in trading I find that less is more, the harder I try the worse I do. The second issue is what to do with the free time, I have tried reading during the day with one eye on the quote machine, but I just have too much nervous energy during the day to focus on reading. One thing that has worked well for me is to play chess online, with other people that is, playing against a computer is just not the same. I find this tends to absorb a large portion of my nervous energy. (btw I play online at playchess.com - its a German site, run by the creators of Fritz. Most of the players are very strong, usually rated 1500+). So my questions to other ET members is: 1) What do you do during the day to occupy you time, something that helps you prevent impulsive trading and keeps you focused on your system? 2) How do you come to terms, that spending just a few hours a day a trading can make you a good living? <<please note: this thread is not an attack on people who day trade, and is not meant as a disrespect to people who activily watch the mkt all day. I just find in my case it is counterproduce. I hope you can appreciate the candor.>> Thanks.