Trading Journal – My Excel Spreadsheet Trading Journal (+ Free Trading Journal Spreadsheet!)

Trading Journal – My Excel Spreadsheet Trading Journal (+ Free Trading Journal Spreadsheet!)

Hi Traders,
I’m Luke from disciplined Trader In this video I want to go over how to record
your trades. We’ll briefly look at the different mediums
available for creating a trading journal and then we will discuss what information you
should be recording. I will also show you my trading journal and
let you know how you can get a copy if you want one. So there are a few options when it comes to
what you actually want to record your trades in. I personally use Microsoft excel. It is great for collecting data and easily
allows me to do any analysis I want to do on the data I gather. You can also use something like Evernote. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Evernote,
it basically allows you to create a set of online notebooks into which you can input
text, pictures, screenshots etc. All of your work within Evernote is saved
to your online account and can be accessed from any device with Evernote on it. You can record all the details of your trades
along with pictures and screenshots of the market you were trading. Evernote is a very useful tool and if you
haven’t come across it yet, I recommend you check it out. Another option you have is simply keeping
a paper journal. All you need is a notebook and pen. You can keep it on your desk or wherever you
trade. Some traders prefer this method but it can
be a bit limiting especially if you wanted to include any pictures or screenshots within
your journal. Also you can’t take advantage of some of the
admin shortcuts the digital alternatives offer. So what information should you record in your
journal? Lets jump over to the journal I use as a starting
point. So there are two parts to my journal and it
is predominantly numbers based. The first part is this sheet here. I record all the key details about the trades
so I am able to do further analysis on my performance. I record the date, time, trade direction,
which market I’m trading, Price I enter the trade, the account balance at the start of
the trade, The position size (I spread bet so this is done as a £ per point value),
the stop loss and take profit levels, and then the actual price I exit the trade at. The sheet then automatically calculates the
% of the account I risked, the closed P/L and the % account change. I can also enter the details of a potential
trade into the sheet to see if I am within my risk management rules before taking a trade
by looking at the % of account risked column. The second part of my journal is this sheet
here. I don’t input any information on this sheet
as it gets all it’s data from the sheet we just looked at. As you can see, the left side of the sheet
tells me information such as how many trades I’ve taken, the number of those that won,
lost or broke even. My Total P/L, My average risk per trade and
my average risk to reward ratio. The right side breaks this information down
month by month. This allows me to see if anything changes
within my trading performance. For example, I may notice that my risk to
reward is getting worse and worse as the months go by so I can then look at this in more depth
to see if I am doing anything differently or incorrectly. By having this information broken down into
monthly segments, it enables me to identify and rectify any problems quickly. I chose excel to record my trades as it has
all the functionality I need to do this sort of log and analysis. I like to know the statistics of certain aspects
of my trading as it gives me confidence in the live markets. Now just because this works for me doesn’t
mean it will work for you. The information you want to record in your
trading journal should help you improve as a trader. If it doesn’t help you do that then it has
failed. If you have already started trading then I’m
sure you have an idea of what you want to improve. If you do, then make sure you include that
in your journal so you can track if you are making any improvements. A couple of examples of things I have seen
other traders want to improve are their discipline and controlling their emotions when in trades. A lot of traders put together a sound trading
plan and then all their discipline goes straight out of the window when they come to trading
the live markets. They may enter a trade when their entry requirements
haven’t all been met for example. If you suffer from the same thing, then you
may want to have a discipline score for each trade in your journal. Rank yourself out of 5 on how well you maintained
your disciplined throughout the trade. Not only will you be able to look back and
see how your discipline score changes, but when you are in live trades, in the back of
your head you will know that you will be ranking your discipline so you should make a conscious
effort to keep that score high. I also know a lot of traders really struggle
with the emotional side of trading when in a live trade. They might exit trades early or move stop
loss and take profit levels when they shouldn’t. I know some traders who have managed to reduce
the mistakes they make when feeling these emotions by recording how they were feeling
in each trade. Is this may be something that would benefit
you if you struggle with this aspect of trading too. You can test to see what helps you to deal
with the emotions and start to develop a long term plan. There isn’t a set criteria of what should
be included in a trade journal, as long as the details you record are helping you improve
as a trader then the journal is doing it’s job. My one other tip would be to not record too
much information. I’ve seen traders make journals where they
record every last little detail and include a whole host of screenshots. As thorough as this may be, it soon becomes
a chore to complete and ultimately the journal gets forgotten about as it’s too much work
to keep updated and we don’t want that to happen. So that pretty much wraps up this video. For those of you that would like a copy of
the trading journal I use, you can have a copy for free by joining the disciplined trader
academy. Simply go to and sign
up. You will then be able to enroll on the Trading
Journal section and download your free copy of my journal. There will also be a link to a video where
I talk you through exactly how the spreadsheet works. I hope you have found the video helpful. Thank you very much for watching. If you enjoyed the video, please feel free
to drop a like on it. If you have any questions or want me to cover
any other topics in future videos, please let me know in the comments below. Also subscribe to the channel for more videos
like this one. Thank you again and I hope you all have a
good trading week.

65 thoughts on “Trading Journal – My Excel Spreadsheet Trading Journal (+ Free Trading Journal Spreadsheet!)

  1. Thank you for your spirit which presents freely, to the public, the knowledge and instruction on trading wisely. About the download link on your site, I would suggest adding a download link as a menu item so there is no confusion (frustration) about where is the spreadsheet. I had thought, when I visited ,after registering, that the spreadsheet was a teaser which did not exist until I found it buried. I don't think that your visitor should be made to first enroll in a course in order to download the spreadsheet.

    Your well structured presentations, great voice, teaching momentum, and the fact that you have created a spreadsheet – which is desirable, gives you the license which qualifies you as an instructor. So pushing or making it a prerequisite to enroll in a course in order to download the spreadsheet is really unnecessary.

    All that said, I wonder how you sustain your teaching for free.

    Most appreciated,


  2. The spreadsheet is protected. Can you provide the password so users can customize some of the features? Thanks anyway

  3. I like your spreadsheet. But I don't see the column for Position size in your video or in the version that I downloaded. Can you tell us how to find it.

  4. Quick question, the take profit and actual price how is that calculate. Ex) I purchased $196.26 at $9,280 (entry) and in return I got $213 at 12,400 (exit). How does this all get input in the spreadsheet. Btw you guys got great courses 👍🏽

  5. Hi Like,
    thank you very much for your awesome trading journal.
    Not sure if you received my email so I'll repeat my question here.

    I want to ask for a password to unprotect the cells. (or any other assistance)

    Few reasons:
    1. I trade crypto and most of the time I trade altcoins against BTC, not dollar. So I’d like to change this in the file.
    2. Another thing, I prefer Google Sheets instead of Excel, so I want to create the similar journal in Google Sheets.

    Thank you in advance, and have a great day, Luke!

  6. Hi I would like to ask the password, on my excel the time format is in decimal, i would like it to change it and also I would add time of exit, to see how long the position is open

  7. But, if I wanted to close only a part of the open position….? can you add a column or two to make this possible to track?

  8. Awesome Trading journal! i trade with a other "base currency" is is posible to change the Currency in the sheet?

  9. Issue with Journal. I downloaded the Journal and I'm not able to delete the blue boxed with text on them. The boxes that say "Delete this after reading". How do I remove them? I can't even click on them. I'm using Open Office to open the file. I can do everything else, just not able to get rid of the blue boxes.

  10. I cant express how much I appreciate you making this. It simple and extremely helpful. I wanted to start a journal but had no idea how. Thank you so much

  11. Hi Disciplined Trader, can you help me? I am struggling with your spreadsheet, is there may be a private where I can talk to you??

  12. Does this work for option portfolios? If so, which of the several different journals should i use ($ currency) Thanks!

  13. hi there. i am a forex trader and i rly like your spreadsheet. somehow only the one with spread betting is working for me, could you help me out?

  14. Cool, you create journal template for Rupiah currency too. This is very helpful since some broker like Exness offering MT4 account currency in IDR. Thank you. I am forex trader from Indonesia.

  15. Hi, thanks for creating this! Any chance you can provide the password so I can customize the sheet a little? Thank you.

  16. It's very useful but at me doesn't calculate amount risked, opened position and account change I downloaded pund lots I will appreciate if you can help me to fix that problem. Many thanks

  17. nice video.. I have few queries .. pls answer if you get time – What's the good samples size for intraday trades? No of days and no of trades wise..?
    If I have 6 months data with more than 400 trade results.. can that pattern change? How to know if pattern has changed?

  18. Thanks very muh for sharing this file. The spreadsheet is well constructed, and it benefits me very much. Truly appreciate for what you have done for the trading community!

  19. Holy #@it bro ! You just saved me a ton of time. I was just putzzing around in excel trying to make something like this journal. But them I'm like hey.. why recreate the wheel I'm sure some kind soul has something floating around out there and boom there it is. Jesus christ we live in amazing times!

  20. Hello Luke . Thanks for the video and the journal. However, I downloaded the journal usd version but it came in locked on my excel . I can’t find your email anywhere .

  21. Subbed just because of this video 👏🏾 just started trading and this would be very helpful along my journey. Thanks

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