Mental bankroll framework
Thought I would share how I have been thinking about bankroll. It has helped me a lot over the last few months. I find it extremely useful to imagine my bankroll as spectrum relative to the stake that I am playing instead of a static requirement. I have played just about every point on this spectrum at one time or another and felt the effects.
Moving below +/- 30 buy-ins causes me to alter my game and become very risk averse. I start to lose in non-showdown pots. I am more easily bluffed. I bluff less. If I trend into the orange/red I move down a limit. I used to keep playing. If I ever reached red I would generally lose it all. From around 30 to 50 in the yellow/green is generally decent poker, but still somewhat tentative and cautious. From around 50-80 bright green/blue is my sweet spot. This is where I feel I play my absolute best. Aggressive and creative actions come easy. I generally feel in control. Take shots at the next level if playing well. Getting above around 80 in the purple/red starts to feel a bit over-rolled. As a result play sometimes becomes sloppy and/or fancy. Focus can slip. Creativity can suffer. Time to move up.
None of these thresholds are fixed. They all blend together. I understand that this is all a mental trick, but the on table effects of where you fall in this spectrum can be very real.