3:45pm There's just something about Monday mornings that I hate, and I traded today's morning session worse than a rookie watching three fast balls sail over the heart of the plate as my head just wasn't yet into the rhythm ... despite one of my favorite opening sequences (gap down to prior day support after a monster closing trend) that I would normally be all over.
At so it was that I sliced and diced my way to a nice morning draw before finally aligning my brain to the the beat of the market (instead of to the beat of whatever was going on in my head) from -- ironically -- 12:30pm - 1:30pm. I say ironically, because that's when trading opportunities are often at their poorest ... yet the small bull traps with downside extension potential were enough for me to give it one more go to try to get with the program, and it was enough to allow me to turn the day into a modest, yet much-improved +$8K chip gain. Note the day's scorecard pretty much reflects an average of the entire day ... I could easily have scored everything red in the morning session.
From that point, it was pretty much stay on the sidelines for the rest of the session, aside from providing some light afternoon liquidity after getting back in rhythm.
So whether it was (1) adjusting to the time change, (2) recovering from a weekend where I pretty much shut my trading brain down after Saturday's post (note I didn't post on Sunday ... which is a rarity) and spent some quality time with my family (oldest daughter home from college), or (3) the subconscious effect of a rather large weekend purchase (remember the story of my car Grace!), the motor was misfiring.
Fortunately, there's always another bus around the corner, as well as probability that eventually you'll find your game.
And as Art Cashin says, "Even a blind squirrel can find an acorn every now and then."
I'd simply add if you can't find one ... keep looking until you do.
The only other option is to go without food.