I keep a tablet
for my journal and only post on here highlights of my games in case anyone is following.
I am really learning not to care about the money as much as my play. If I played well but lost to someone who was just playing wild, I am ok with that as I know in the long run I will take everything they have.
The cool thing about the money though is that over the long haul money is the reality check. If I think I am playing great yet seem to keep loosing money then I am forced to reconsider what is good play. The journal is also a good way for me to find out where I stack up against other players. Each of the venues I play at has a different group of people with a different set of skills. I can judge my skills based on how often I make the final table at these venues and how I do against the final tables.
I actually gave up my easiest game already. I found out that the hyper format is not good for my style of play. Not only is it too fast and aggressive for me but it also encouraged me to play too aggressive and I was starting to carry that style of play into my Friday game. NO Beuno. Friday is where I make the most money and generally see the best players. I can not be bringing bad habits from the Tuesday game into it.
I think the best part of the journal is that it keeps you honest and gives you time to reflect on your game, hands, attitudes and really tear into yourself and examine your play. In the past I would make mistakes but tried to be positive and not focus on them. Big mistake, because I never learned from them. In a journal I am forced to examine them and because I write them down I tend to remember them and not make them near as often.
I really believe that the journal is helping me to improve. I am now points leader in our local WPT League and last Monday, the director made the comment that my play has really improved since I started. As for the money to confirm this, I am up just shy of $300 since January and that allowed me to buy a pig and the feed for my son to raise which will double or triple in value by the time fair rolls around.