Effect of record keeping on mental approach
I certainly understand the importance of record keeping to get a handle on one's progress. I'm starting to wonder, though, if spending a little too much time or care thinking about the profit graph can interfere with play.
I keep reading that it's important to not be too results oriented - to focus on each hand independently, and not to let yourself being affected by being in an "upswing" or a "downswing." But when that graph starts heading south, it's very hard not to let it get to you - where all you want ot do is see the trend start moving in the right direction. And, if I really analyze my play, I think I start pressing too much, getting too uptight.
Sure, if I didn't look at the graph, I'd still know I was in a losing trend, but it would be more abstract. I think that, because graphs are so specific and concrete, it gives my losing streak real substance and verification.
Does anybody else have a similar feeling about the profit graph?