Originally Posted by gns2003
Think of poker as a boring 58 minutes with 2 minutes of excitement per hour. Thats live poker. Even an online tournament may only yield 3-4 good hands to play during that hour. The rest of the time can be used to reconnect the mind to the soul. Poker is not a game where you want to be actively participating in most of the hands. Observe, but not play.
I agree. Compared to live play, online is so much faster that it's easy for us to get bored/antsy/irritated - this happens to me all the time. And even though you can pick up some betting patterns online, there's only so much you can watch without starting to lose patience if you're card dead.
I consider myself to be quite patient but if I do get impatient, then I do something fairly simple/mundane to try to make myself refocus on the game (keeping in mind that I need to continue to be patient in order to be successful). I also try to take notes on betting patterns to try to refocus - it's not very thrilling but when you're sitting out of a hand and get to see a showdown, it's a great opportunity to see how good your reads are. Admittedly though, I don't do this as often I should be doing!
I think you just need to try out different methods and see what works. I definitely agree with others about reading through posts on this site.