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The Ultimate Gentleman Cheat Sheet Every Man Needs

The Ultimate Gentleman Cheat Sheet Every Man Needs

Have you ever been out for the evening and witnessed a classy-looking man who was well put together and knew all the right things to say and do? Almost like he knew what to do or was prepared in every way for anything coming his way? Well, let me be the one to tell you, you were witness to the rare and illusive gentleman. Some women think seeing a true gentleman is like seeing a unicorn or having a leprechaun hand you a map to his pot of gold.

Having the male gene does not mean you are a gentleman. In fact, not every guy has it in him to be a gentleman. Part of being a gentleman can be taught while other parts seem like they are ingrained into the man. The list of infographics below is a gentleman cheat sheet. A gentleman is not always the good guy. A gentleman is usually the best suited up, smoothest talking, single malt whiskey drinker in the building.

Take a look at the information in them. I have no doubt may know some of the information. Here is a good reason you might consider learning to be a gentleman: A woman sees a man in a perfectly tailored suit in much the same way as a man looks at a women in lingerie. There is a reason Frank Sinatra and the fictional Don Draper had ladies swooning when they entered a room… they were gentlemen.

Some people say the clothes make the man. An air of sophistication, the allure of manners and possibly a better life are all part of the mystique. Being a true gent is truly a combination of many things and that’s what this ultimate gentleman cheat sheet is all about.

Evening Etiquette for the True Gentleman

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    Guide to Wearing a Suit like a Real Gentleman

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      Tying a Scarf for Style and Warmth

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        Gentleman’s Guide to Shoes. Because Women Look at your Shoes. Yes Really.

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        guide-to-shoes

           

          Complete Gentleman’s Guide

          guide-to-all-things-gentleman

             

            Suit Tailoring for the Beginner Gentleman

            suit-tailoring

               

              Guide to Choosing the Correct Belt for the Occasion

              mens-belts

                 

                You’re not in College Anymore. Your Clothes Should Fit Properly

                proper-fitting-clothing

                   

                  Bourbon vs. Whiskey Read Carefully.

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                    Buying (Pre-owned) Rolex Watches

                    rolex-watches

                       

                      Pairing the Correct Wine with Food is a Sexy Skill

                      pairing-wine-with-food

                         

                        Gentlemen are Remembered for How Well They Entertain

                        entertain-like-a-gentleman

                           

                          Guide to Wet Shaving (The Lost Art)

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                            Buying an Engagement Ring Like a Knowledgeable Gent

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                              Gentlemen Don’t Need a Guide, Just Dating Reminders

                              gentlemans-guide-to-dating

                                 

                                Regional Food Knowledge for the Carnivorous Gents

                                guide-to-regions-of-barbeque-sauce

                                   

                                  Rockin’ a Mustache Like a Gent

                                  mustache-guide

                                     

                                    Choose the Right Color Clothes to Fit Your Personality

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                                      Gentlemen Know How to Drink Whiskey

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                                        Valentine’s Day is a Real Gent’s Time to Shine

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                                          Gentleman’s Neckwear Flow Chart

                                          choosing-neckwear

                                             

                                            Gents Wear Tuxedos and Tie Their Own Bow Tie

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                                              Gentleman’s Etiquette Mantra

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                                                Be a Gentleman, Not a Saint

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                                                  That’s a Great Head of Hair Sir

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                                                    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                    • (1) Research
                                                    • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                    • (3) Creating the outline
                                                    • (4) Drafting the content
                                                    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                    • (6) Revision
                                                    • (7) etc.

                                                    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                    2. Change Your Environment

                                                    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                    6. Get a Buddy

                                                    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                    Reality check:

                                                    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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