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6 Secrets to Looking Sharp for the Ladies

6 Secrets to Looking Sharp for the Ladies

Many guys are clueless when it comes to impressing the ladies.

Of course, women tend to be more drawn to personality and maturity than looks (one of the many things that set the genders apart). However, a lot of women also care a lot about a man’s physical appearance. Here are some tips if you want to look sharp the next time you hit the club or want to approach that cute girl at the local coffee shop.

1. Only Grow a Beard if You Are Going to Do it Right

Women tend to have mixed feelings about beards. Part of the problem is that many men just don’t grow their beards out right.

Girls tend to be attracted to men with beards. It is a sign of manliness. However, they want to see that your beard is tidy. If your hair tends to jut out a lot, then you will need to be more diligent about trimming it. This is the biggest secret of all  good looking beard styles.

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Buzzfeed’s Peggy Wang says that beards are great for some guys, but others should just keep their face clean-shaven.

“Patchy facial hair will always end up looking prickly and slovenly. Time to stop experimenting with the facial hair and start adhering to your clean-shaven regimen.”

2. Get a Workout Before Going Out

Anyone reading this post is probably already working out (or at least thinking about it). Getting exercise keeps you thin and builds muscle, which is a pleasure for the ladies.

However, working out isn’t enough. You also need to know when to work out. There are a couple reasons you may want to hit the treadmill or curl your biceps several hours right before going out:

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  • It bulks up your muscle for three to four hours. You will look extra buff, which will turn more women’s heads.
  • Mild perspiration will release some pheromones, which subtly makes you more interesting.

Of course, you don’t want to be drenched in sweat either. Get a light workout without perspiring too much.

3. Make Sure Your Haircut Matches Your Face

Ryan Jackson, a grooming expert, states that too many people get haircuts that just aren’t right for them. A buzz cut or cropped hair may look great on someone else, but that doesn’t mean it will work for you.

“I used to think I looked fine with buzzcuts, little did I know my face shape/features weren’t suitable for really short hair,” Jackson says. “I realized this after getting feedback from others who told me, ‘It looks bad, you need more hair on the top of your head.’”

4. Start Wearing Slimmer Jeans

You probably never even really thought much about your jeans before. They are just jeans, right?

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No. Your jeans play a major role in your physical appearance. Putting on a slimmer pair of jeans can make you look thinner and taller, which are both pluses with the ladies.

5. Dress Sharp

You will feel a lot more confident if you dress nicely. You don’t need to put on a tuxedo every time you go out. In fact, you don’t want to. It looks stupid, as we saw in Step Brothers.

So what should you wear? Here are a couple timeless pieces to include in your wardrobe:

  • Denim shirt
  • White or blue dress shirts
  • Blue blazer
  • Loafers or alligator boots
  • Gray, white or light blue cardigans

Think carefully every time you dress to go out. Women will probably notice your style before your face or hair.

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6. Trim Your Hair Carefully

Remove any unwanted body hair. Having a three o clock shadow may look good when you hit the club on Friday, but other hair should be removed. Here are a couple things to keep in mind:

  • Pluck out any stray hairs from your face.
  • Remove all nose hairs. It’s a good idea to purchase a nose trimmer because it does a more thorough job.
  • Trim your chest and back if necessary. Most women don’t like to see it when they end up at your place.
  • If you are very nearly bald, then just shave your hair off. Don’t try to hide it with a combover.

Women like to see some hair on a man, but they want to see it in moderation.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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