Why write a journal? I'd like to start a journal here that will outline pretty much every thought and feeling that goes through my head as I work toward becoming consistently profitable. I'd like to cover the routines that I establish, the methods that work with and pretty much everything that I go through. My motivations for doing so aren't for validation and acceptance by others but for myself and having something 'external' that I can look back on and be pushed to improve. By holding myself to high standards and being honest and public in my journal I hope that over time other people can add value or provide insights - and ultimately gain value from. At the end of my trading journey I'd like to write a book about my experiences trading (another way of holding myself to a high standard) and hopefully my writing style will be improved and honed by posting here. If nothing else I'll develop a habit of continual self-reflection and awareness that will help me deal with the psychology of trading and steady continual improvement. Previous trading experience I'll be starting at a prop trading firm in a couple of weeks and trading Oil Calendar Spreads. I have previous experience at another firm trading the Bund/Bobl/Schatz FLY. I have also traded Commodity ETFS, Stocks and the DAX, but I'll get into all of that in more detail later on. What to expect? Daily or Weekly P/L Insights Chart Analysis Detailed thoughts about trades Anything I'm reading or learning from Learning about my trading personality I'll find an interesting way to structure things and try and write an 'article format' post once in a while as I learn and develop new things. But overall this journal will be a work in progress - hopefully improving as much as my trading!