Why You Should Keep a Forex Trading Journal

Trading can be a daunting activity. But with a simple Forex Trading Journal, things can get more accessible and better organized.

Your emotions are on edge, your money is on the line, and your beliefs about the market are your best weapon to try to take a bite of whatever instrument you are trading and succeed in this ultra-competitive business; the simplest yet more effective tool is to keep a forex trading journal.

Anyone could enter a trade and be successful once or even a few times. But to keep being successful in the long run, you’ll need consistency, and the only way to achieve this is to understand and analyze what you are doing and why you are doing it.

I don’t mean that you must have a strategy, which you should have. I also don’t mean that you must have your emotions in check, trade with a stop loss, limit your position sizing, or any of all these things that you should also have and be aware of their importance.

Keeping a Trading Journal is one of the critical components of your trading success and your trading business.

It can be cumbersome and tedious, especially if you scalp or make many trades a week or a day. Because every time you trade, you will have to remember to enter all this little data in a chart; I know it is not the funniest thing to do.

But if you plan to make your trading into a serious business and eventually make some money or even a living out of it:

You MUST start keeping a Forex Trading Journal.

Forex Trading Journal can help you become a better trader.

How To Use Your Trading Journal As a Powerful Tool

This Forex Trading journal will prove amazingly useful after a few weeks and, even better, after a few months. You will have invaluable data on why and how your performance went. You will have a snapshot of your victories and defeats to help you understand how your system performs in the long run.

So, for example, if after six months of trading a specific plan, you find out that you had six losses in a row, and then your system kept on performing with normality, you will know what to expect.

The next time you have a few losing trades in a row, you will not get discouraged, angry, or emotional about it and start to see it as “normal” since this behavior will be within the parameters of your trading system.

This will also help you define your position sizing and find the overall expectancy of your system.

Another advantage of your Trading Journal is that from the moment you start taking note of every trade, you will stop entering impulsive trades (or at least you will do less of them) since everything will be on the record, which will make you think twice about joining or not entering a trade.

It would be best if you remembered that suitable trading is about good habits, and your Trading Journal will be your self-control on how you handle those good habits.

Download a Sample Forex Trading Journal

You don’t need to make it any complicated, and a few parameters would be enough to retrieve all this vital data to understand and improve your trading habits.

I will provide a Forex Trading Journal Sample where you can download a spreadsheet with parameters that work for me. However, you can add as many as you want if you need more info, don’t make them overly complicated, and remember that you will need to keep this spreadsheet by your side and enter the information EVERY time you trade.


After a few weeks of doing it, it will become second nature, and you will not even think about it anymore.

Trade, demo, please, for a few months with the journal and use ONE or, maximum, TWO systems that you backtested and feel could work for you, and let me know how you did with the journal. I am sure you’ll have tremendous insight into your personality as a trader and how to make the system work for you.

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    14 replies to "Forex Trading Journal: Become A Star Trader"

    • Gabriel

      Hi again!
      Thank you for your trading Journal but MT4 do it for us better and easier , I think its better attach a pic of the trades with complete reasons of Enter and Exit with the emotion of that moment.

      • forexlife01

        HI Gabriel, thanks a lot for sharing your opinion. I know that journaling can be a hassle and mostly could be automated, but I would not recomend to leave it to MT4 or any self generated report, since we are not keeping this data just for the sake of looking it further in time, but also to beter understand the moment we are living in the present and understand the reasons behind our trading in the future. The act of doing it by hand will allow you think twice and it will help you realize if you are trading for the right reasons in the right setup and, in my experience, will help you enormously to achieve consitency in your trading.
        All the best,

    • Rod Babka

      Hi Paul
      I have read your book and will read it again. I am looking for a break down of your trading journal. What each cell represents and where to gather that data. I do have a practice account and still learning my way around.
      Rod Babka

      • Paul

        Hi Rod, I am happy you are finding the book usefull; take some time to watch the videos too, I believe they’ll help you very much and let me know if I can be of any assistance.

    • Steve

      Thanks Paul.

      I have added the criteria from my trading plan to my journal. That way I need to actually enter if that criteria is met (Y/N) before I take the trade and I can’t kid myself in the moment, or in the future when I look back, that I was following my trading plan perfectly if I wasn’t. It also shows clearly if I try to veer off track too.

      • Paul

        Hi Steve,
        I am glad you find the idea of the journal useful. I believe it’s one of the best tools to keep your emotions in check since it helps you a lot to stick to your rules. In my trading it really makes a difference. Let me know if I can be of assistance.

    • Luis eduardo

      Hi!, Actually I’m reading your book. but I can’t find Trading journal sample.
      I made one, but I want your sample to compare.
      Your book is amazing (until now, je je je)

    • Richie

      I am already enjoy reading this. I have been trading and losing for quite a long time, 4 years I would say. I haven’t made much of a profit. I believe that is because of my emotions toward the money. After I read your book until this Trading Journal section and some more on the website, I think that’s what I missed out the most. I am stubborn but I will try this and to see if I can reach my goal.

      • Paul

        Great to hear you’re finding the book useful Richie!, let me know how you doing with your trading.

    • samantha

      Hello , I love your book. I’m glad I read it and will read it again. I’m looking for the journal link 🙂

      • Paul

        Thanks a lot Samantha for reading my book and posting your comments. 🙂 let me know if you have any questions.

    • Surya

      Thank you Paul, after reading your book & Journal action from the chart, now i think i found my “.. aHa Moment.. “. Glad to read this. Thank you very much.

    • Ulises

      Amazing how before reading your book, I had the idea that Forex is a “probability game” got some chills while reading it! Enjoying your book!

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