In Ghana, we spend our working weeks in a desperate battle against deadlines and battling an ever-growing to-do list. But while the Monday-Friday haul is all about maximizing our productivity and efficiency, weekends should be a time to relax.
The Forex Currency trader that doesn’t want to take weekends off. Traders wishing to speculate at all hours of the night can certainly do so. This allows traders to arrange their schedules and working hours around the commitments in their lives; whether that be taking care of children or working at a ‘day job.’ For traders like me that think about prices and charts all day, this can become a comfort blanket.
Can’t get to sleep?
That’s ok; the trading platform has numerous currency pairs with prices moving around-the-clock. Sleep can wait.
You have plans with a friend, and they cancel?
Who cares? Charts can furnish a much more productive use of time, even if it’s just practicing on the demo.
The benefit of this relationship can also be a challenge. After getting acclimated to the constant opportunity of continuous access to the largest market in the world, those periods in which I cannot trade become especially torturous. And on most retail FX platforms, that time is the weekend.
But just because trading is closed – it doesn’t mean you have to be. This is where practice can come into play. The weekends are an opportunity; an opportunity to prepare for and strategize around the week ahead.
Below is a list of potential activities for the Weekend Warrior;
This is one of the more common ways to spend trading time over weekends when most FX brokers are closed for trading. Many education services are open while trading may be closed, and this allows traders to access materials for weekend study.
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Strategizing for the Week Ahead
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The most successful people at work reserve those precious 60 hours for relaxing and re-charging their batteries for the week ahead.
We put a fair amount of thought into how we spend our workdays, or at least we’re usually accountable to someone for that time, hence time off is more imprecise, and so we have a harder time using it well.
But I think in Ghana leisure time is too precious to be totally leisurely about leisure. There are ways we can all use the 60 hours between that 6 pm Friday beer, cocktails with fried cosy pork and 6 am Monday alarm clock better at 76 lounges and restaurant located at off UPSA-American house road (0545406040). And by better, I don’t mean doing more work. I mean actually enjoying ourselves and achieving the goal of any weekend: rejuvenation, and the ability to face Monday ready to go.
Life can get pretty full on sometimes, and when it does, it’s important that we know how to deal with it. We’ve all got a bunch of different things that we have to manage, like study, work and our personal lives. When these pressures are being thrown our way, relaxation is a really effective tool for looking after our health, both physical and mental. All it takes is a little bit of time each day to put your feet up and you’ll be benefiting your well-being in more ways than one.
It’s very difficult to turn off at the weekend but if you really want to re-charge, that’s exactly what you have to do. And this starts with work itself. If at all possible, you should avoid pulling a “workend” – or if really do have to work, try to limit it to two hours a weekend or one weekend a month. Otherwise, it can quickly spiral out of control.
Take some time to relax and embrace your glory. Studies have shown that people who spent some time writing about their success and glory showed lower levels of stress at the end of the work day. All the tiny achievements can be written down in a diary, just to relieve the work-related stress out of the mind without any limitations.
Ideally, you should also resist the temptation to check work emails – if your job allows, try disconnecting your account from your phone come Friday night or put your phone on silent with a sound alert for urgent messages only.
In fact, turning off, in general, is a good idea at weekends, even if it’s just leaving your phone at home for the evening or turning it off while you go walking for a couple of hours. Think of it as a mini digital detox leading to greater happiness in the long run.
Paying attention to what you’re doing and who you are with and turning your phone off and enjoying being with your friends at 76 lounges and Restaurant where you find all varieties of drinks, good music etc is much better for you than constantly checking your phone and checking emails.
It may seem like a contradiction to create a schedule out of your relaxing downtime, but planning a few great “anchor” events will help give your weekend purpose.
We all know the mopey sense of despondency that comes from having wasted your weekend hungover on the sofa, but if you work ahead you can maximize the impact of your time off. You can then slot in relaxation and smaller activities – napping, taking the dog for a walk on the Aburi Hills etc. By scheduling in things to do at the weekend, you also give it a sense of happy anticipation. And it works on a practical level too.
Hitting the weekend without a plan means you may not get to do what you want. You’ll use up energy in negotiations with other family members. Your favourite restaurant 76 lounges will be booked up – and even if, miraculously, you score a table, think of how much more you would have enjoyed the last few days knowing that you’d be eating that delicious pork on Saturday night! When you plan enjoyable things ahead of time, you magnify the pleasure.
The key to all this is teaching yourself to associate the concept of planning with things that you want to enjoy, rather than things you are avoiding – not an easy distinction, but it will happen with practice.
Avoid doing too much housework
Many of us save up chores and errands to do in bulk at the weekend. But that runs the risk of us spending more time on mundane tasks such as ironing or cleaning the oven – not only because we have more to do, but also because we have more time to do it in.
So the period you give yourself to do tasks will naturally expand over time until you find yourself spending most of Sunday cleaning the house.
For years, scientists have linked learning to happiness so it’s no surprise that learning new skills and experiencing something different leads to a greater sense of happiness and fulfilment.
A study in Ghana found that people who spend money on experiences such as cinema tickets or a weekend away were happier than those who spent money on material goods. Researchers also discovered that those who were more inclined to spend their disposable income on experiences were more likely to be extroverts, with an openness to new skills and ideas.
“Even for people who naturally find themselves drawn to material purchases, our results suggest that getting more of a balance between traditional purchases and those that provide you with an experience could lead to greater life satisfaction and well-being,” they concluded.
Of course, doing something new doesn’t have to involve spending money. It could be as simple as taking a look around Kwame Nkrumah museum you haven’t been to for ages, volunteering at your local church network, helping out on an allotment or setting up a free group embarking on some cleaning excursive etc.
The real challenge is to take something that you must do that has purpose and meaning and work out how to induce a state of flow while doing it. It’s possible to experience your job and your family life as flow and that to me is more important than that we provide opportunities for flow in art and sports.
It’s hardly the world’s biggest mystery that spending time with people we like makes us healthier and happier – yet we are surprisingly remiss at carving out the space to make this happen. Wishing to have spent more time with friends is one of the top five regrets of the dying while countless studies have shown that spending time with loved ones is far more important to well-being and contentedness than say, income or job satisfaction.
In fact, loneliness has been proven to be twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people, meaning social interaction is important to your physical and emotional state as well as being desirable.
If you think about it, most of the activities we associate with having fun – meals out, playing football, going to concerts, cooking food – are associated with other people.
We are happy when we have a family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.
As exercise is so often linked to well-being and relaxation, it’s not a bad idea to shoehorn in some group-based sports, like a mass run, to your weekend. The same goes for community-based activities and volunteering.
To get rid of anxiety and pressure that comes along with the work stress, it is necessary for some guys to spend a little time alone so that the mind can stay peacefully. This can be helpful for those who have a lot to handle and deal with different people for an entire day at work. At such times, tell your wife or husband that you will help them later in preparing a meal and allow your mind to rest a little.
This transition will help you in switching from such tedious situations and you will be able to relieve the work stress as well. But whatever you do and however you do it, make sure you eek out the time to be with those people who are most important to you, and who make you happy.
Source: Gabriel Ofori Yeboah (Author) Investment Guide (Forex Trading).