I roll my eyes when I see someone mention a Polk video, but after seeing the replies I check it out and this one was actually really good, thanks. A lot of the stuff he proposes on the first half of the video is the same things Alex recommends. Boil down the problem to the essential components. Who's going to 3-bet me? What bet folds high cards? etc.
It's interesting that in the second half of the video Polk essentially boils it down to one thought process for every single decision: what's the bet size? what are the player ranges? how should they be adjusted given the players in the hand? how should I balance my actions given my continuing range? That's it. I think this is really fantastic and am going to think about how to incorporate this idea into my approach.
My initial thought is just to itemize:
You could even combine range and composition into one step. Just think about how the range is balanced when thinking about what the range is.
I think we all do these things in general, but either get lazy or lost or distracted from the essential fundamentals a lot of the time, either by emotions or complexity or fancy plays.
Alex Fitzgerald has a superb product called "how to think like a poker player".
It's one of a couple of products I would say have significantly changed how I play/think about poker and can't recommend it highly enough. It breaks down exactly how to focus in on the relevant details of a hand, and what to then do about it.
Maybe there is something wrong with me but I am just after watching this video and I do not like it at all. I just find it so hard to listen to Doug Polk sometimes. I watched it twice to see if I was missing something but no, it is a waste of time, for me anyway.