How to Optimize Your Time & Plan for Success

How to Optimize Your Time & Plan for Success


Being a poker player (aka your own boss) leaves a lot of room for free time. In order to get shit done you really need to have a lot of self control, discipline, and my personal favorite, accountability.

I’ve experimented a lot with various routines to find what works. Although it is hyper personal (don’t worry, I give you techniques to customize your day to your specific needs), there are certain things that are universal truths.

Do you struggle maintaining a routine while playing poker? What ONE thing could you do today to help you improve?
Join the conversation by leaving a comment below!

Have questions of your own? Shoot them over to me and I’ll respond in a video.



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  • Will December 16, 2014 1:10 pm

    Wow this is great video! Thanks for the valuable information… will try to apply this in my life!


  • Alec December 17, 2014 12:50 pm

    Hey Will, much appreciated! Best of luck to you.

  • Tom McCarthy January 9, 2015 8:16 am

    Hi Alec

    Hope you had a good Christmas and New year!

    I was wondering if you could recommend a good way to structure learning please? I have heard of a technique which suggest learning one element at a time like in martial arts for example, moving up ‘the belts’, like learning how to count outs, then odds, deciphering hand ranges etc. Each area practiced one by one. Would you recomment this technique and did you adopt a specific structure when you began to play?

    Love your site by the way! Awesome content!

    Many thanks

    Tom (UK)

    • Alec January 11, 2015 8:32 am

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for taking the time to write.

      I haven’t heard of that specific technique applied to poker – at least not in such an eloquent way.

      It makes sense though, but the one thing I would add is that you have to be playing lots of poker simultaneously to implement what you are studying. The best way to improve is always experience. That being said, I can see how having one isolated focus during each session will accelerate your learning.

      Here’s a video I would recommend watching as one of my favorite techniques I still use to this day:

      When I personally began to play I didn’t have all the tools and resources that are available today. The only way to learn was the “old fashion” one – play and think.
      I would still recommend that as the crux of your learning, although I believe that having formal training will dramatically help.

      It’s like what they say about golf: you don’t want to learn the wrong technique because it’s harder to correct bad habits later than it is to start off with the right ones. Depending on how serious you are I would three options:

      1. Videos: There are many training sites that offer paid videos, which are great for specifically strategy based content. The downside is that they don’t allow users to ask many questions, offer follow up exercises that you can apply to your own game and they’re geared specifically for online poker (with the use of stats), which may or may not be useful for you.

      2. Training Course: I’m putting out a course soon called Four Step Poker, which aims to solve many of the problems above. It’s going to be interactive, have personalized time with me where users can ask questions and offer more than just technical strategy. It’s designed to be a complete training program taking you from novice/intermediate to proficient.
      I’d recommend subscribing to my blog to stay tuned for updates. Of course, in the mean time, lots more free videos will be coming out as well.

      3. Personal Coaching: This is the for the most serious students and I would only recommend it if you have ambitious goals or really want to fast track your learning. I honestly wouldn’t necessarily recommend me if you truly are a beginner, just because you can learn the basics anywhere and it will cost you much less.

      These are some options for you. I hope this helped and thanks for being a reader.


      P.S. Here’s something that I only offer to my subscribers. If you could subscribe to my blog and shoot me a quick email about the three things that you struggle with the most (i.e. what you would like to learn), I’ll do my best to incorporate those ideas into future videos for you!

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