It’s time for yearly maintenance on the trading computer, the house, and our lives.
The computer is no easy task. I do not have a dedicated trading PC so my PC always ends up with software installed that I no longer used or remnants of software that I’ve installed and uninstalled. So I reinstalled windows from scratch. I haven’t done this in 2 years so I figured it was time. I underestimated how much work it’d be. Especially reconfiguring all my applications. But I took advantage to upgrade some of the software I use to the latest versions. A lot of work but if this holds me for 2 years it’ll be worth it.
I also reinstalled my charting applications from scratch. Their databases were bloated and it’s best to start the new year with a clean install. This means reconfiguring lots of things such as audio alerts and preferences so more work but worth it to have a lean machine.
The house has some small things that have been put off and a week without live trading is a good chance to catch up. I say without “live trading” because I still have some studies I’m working on to backtest ideas and prepare for the new year.
And our lives.. it’s time for the New Year’s Resolutions. Mine are always similar: Spend more time with the family (until the kids drive me crazy enough that I spend less time). Less time spent unproductively at the computer (surfing). I remind myself to eat less sugar (cookies, cakes, etc.) see “Sugar the Bitter Truth” if you do not know how sugar is a toxin. This video will motivate you to reduce your sugar intake. I also remind myself to exercise regularly. With the exception of the week before Christmas, I’ve been doing runs / hikes in the woods 4-5 times per week for several months now and it’s really great. So I just need to continue now in the cold wet winter.
I enjoy this “downtime” and will be very refreshed for the first day of trading in January (the 3rd).