I've never been good with keeping a journal in the past. Even if people don't read this journal, the fact that they can is a motivation for me to keep it updated. Some background, I'm 19 and trade a small account. I'm mostly a swing trader doing technical analysis and chart reading and I tend to have a short bias. My market is options on large cap stocks, mostly in the S&P 500, SPY, or USO occasionally. Usually I'll make profits for a few weeks before losing them due to bad risk management. I specifically want to focus on improving my risk management and work on the psychological factors of my trading too. Things I need to improve 1. Patience- I have a really hard time sitting on the sidelines with cash and just watching things play out. I always want to be trading but this hurts my performance. I really need to work on waiting for the right entry and letting some get away without me because there wasn't a good entry. 2. Impulse and over-trading -I will occasionally put on impulse trades or try to day trade. This usually just gives me small loses and once in a while a big winner, but is a losing strategy for me in general. I need to only make trades I plan out the night before and not try to participate in every intra-day move.