Set a Trading TIMER – Mr or Mrs Busy!

by | Jun 23, 2024

Hey, Mr. or Mrs. busy!

I get it. Finding time to trade in this busy life, is tough.

But as I like to say.

If you have time to have coffee, go to the bathroom or binge Netflix – you have time to build your financial career.

However, if you find it difficult to be disciplined with your trading.

Thern I have a simple trick for you.


Yes, you read it right. Set a TIMER!

If you’ve got just 15 minutes or up to one hour, make it count.

Let’s dive into how you can master the timer when you trade.

REASON #1: Remember Parkinson’s Law

Ever heard of Parkinson’s Law?

It states that work expands to fill the time available for its completion.

In simpler terms, if you give yourself all day to analyze trades, you’ll take all day.

But if you limit yourself to an hour, you’ll focus and give all the attention in just one hour.

You’ll be surprised how much you can achieve.  

You see, when you set a timer – it creates a sense of urgency. And it helps ensure you stay on task and get the job done.

REASON  #2: The Power of Focused Trading

When the timer is ticking, distractions don’t stand a chance.

You’ll notice your brain kicks into high gear, almost with adrenaline.

And you’ll be able to prioritise the tasks and filter out the noise.

This focused trading approach will help you make quick, effective decisions.

That’s the power of a ticking clock.

HOW TO Craft Your Perfect 15 Minutes Trading Plan

Alright, let’s break it down.

How should you structure this golden hour of trading?

  1. 5 Minutes: Market Analysis – Start by analyzing the market.

Choose the one watch list and go through it attentively.

  1. 5 Minutes: Strategy line-up – Prepare your trades

This is where you’ll go through your watch list again – but set up your potential trades lining up according to your strategy.

This is where you’ll jot down your levels (Entry, Stop loss and take profit).

Maybe you’ll write down some notes on why it lined up and whether it’s a high or medium probability trade.

  1. 5 Minutes: Execution – Just take the trades

Now if three or four trades have lined up.

Calculate your position sizes and execute your trades that line up perfectly to the strategy.

That’s it…

Now obviously, if you’re following a trading mentor’s style, trades etc… You’ll need less time.

But you’ll need a strategy to follow whenever a trading idea comes out including:

  • Having your trading platform opened on your devices

  • Having your position sizes calculated already according to what your portfolio is

  • Knowing when to expect trades by going to the charts and preparing for the day as you’ll have an idea on what your mentor is showing you.

NEXT: Staying Disciplined with Your Trading Timer

The hardest part?

Sticking to the timer.

When it says start, you start.

When it says stop, you stop.

If you need more time than 15 minutes – then CHOOSE the time that works best.

This habit builds consistency and prevents burnout.

It’s tempting to extend your trading time, especially when you’re in the zone.

But discipline is key.

At the start you might need the timer for the first few weeks. But then the motivation turns into discipline.

And when the discipline turns into integration – you’ll be able to trade without the timer and without any effort.

It’s more than just a trading timer

Setting a timer doesn’t just help with trading.

It helps you with other areas of life.

You’ll find yourself more organized, efficient, and in control.

Whether it’s a work project or a personal task, this technique can transform your productivity.

Plus, it teaches you to value your time—a priceless lesson in today’s fast-paced world.

FINAL WORDS: Make Every Minute Count

So, next time you’re about to trade, set that trading timer.

Think of FED – Focus, efficiency, and discipline are your new best friends.

Let’s sum up what we covered today.


REASON #1: Remember Parkinson’s Law

REASON  #2: The Power of Focused Trading

HOW TO Craft Your Perfect 15 Minutes Trading Plan

NEXT: Staying Disciplined with Your Trading Timer

It’s more than just a trading timer




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