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PSO and poker through the eyes of the master that is Fadyen!
By: Fadyen
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I recently realised that even though I had made a new thread for my 2014 Time Vault-esque goals, I never did actually write it down in a blog. Which I think by doing so will help force me actually stick to it more so here goes.


For 2014 I want to set some simple goals to work towards, some of those are a continuation of things I was working on in 2013 or never really got around to doing, some of them will be kind of new. This year hopefully will have more emphasis on trying to move up stakes and actually make some money since last year was more based on just improving my game without worrying too much about my roll.

General Gaols

-Become a more skilled and wiser player. Constantly working on one's games is essential.
-By years end I want 25NL reg to be within the realms of possibility. Considering my current rate I don't know if this is realistic to be there, so in sight is my general goal and certainly solid winner at 10NL should be achievable.
-Work on my mental game. The main areas I have identified are overall motivation and my stamina and focus at the tables.
-Once I have built up a routine I want to stick to it. Changing things has been something I am guilty of and I want to stop that. (More on this in guidelines)
-Work on my overall fitness and well-being. This one is from last year and is more a life goal but I believe it can have a huge impact on my poker, especially affecting my mental game so that's why it's here.


As my challenge continues the idea is to gradually build on things as I go in order to maximise a sustained growth. I will do so by implementing some guidelines and routine in order to achieve the above goals.

Firstly my general routine:
Mon-Fri: These will be my main days for grinding, with one day somewhat more relaxed in order not to burn out. Each day will start with a meal followed by a workout/exercise. One day a week should be a more intense workout so I actually see some tangible results from this. After the workout I will have my main grind session. After the session dinner and then on some days I will have a second grind session, other days will be time to relax/have fun.
Sat: Essentially a day off for the most part. If there is some big series on or a nice tourney then I might play but no real commitments for this day.
Sun: Will consist of either some MTTs or some review/learning or a combination of the two.
Also throughout the week I will need to make sure I have time allocated for my PSO duties and other work/chores outside my poker life.

I would also like to have a minimum number of hands per week which will gradually increase throughout the year as my focus and skill at each stake increases. The only time it should decrease will be during shots to move up stakes, as number of tables will decrease at first. Currently the target is approx. 5k hands per week.

I would like to attend live trainings and watch educational videos as and when I can and make sure I keep working on my game. Also self review and hand analysis will be essential and I will be doing this most likely on the Sundays I am not playing MTTs (this is likely to become more detailed after Feb when I have more volume to do detailed reviews of). I will post in this thread some hands and general updates on this progress and intend to keep posting monthly blogs with a general review of what's been happening.


I believe this is somewhat realistic, certainly with the help of PSO and all my friends here I hope to attain most of what I have set out and perhaps something more. So lets hope 2014 is a good one!


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