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The Hottest Guy’s Summer Fashion Tips for 2017

Summer has very-much begun, and—depending on where you are in the world—there’s a good chance you’ve already started to soak up some rays in the sunshine; but, it’s always important to look good while you’re doing so. Whether you’re cruising along the beach in Miami, chilling in bars with hipsters in London, or hanging out next to the cutting-edge fashionistas of Tokyo, we’ve got tips to keep you guys looking extra sharp in the blazing sun.

Buy Clothes That Fit!

Yes, it may seem incredibly obvious, but this is especially crucial now that the age of baggy jeans is dying out. Guys, especially, need to wear clothes that fit them properly. Wearing anything that’s too relaxed (or, even worse, too tight) will look ridiculous.

For the summer, that means getting yourself some nice t-shirts (even the over-sized/long plain white ones, so long as you’re slim enough to look good in them) and tasteful past-the-knee shorts. Combine these with some easy-on-the-eye sneakers and short socks (not full-length!) and your coolness will start to rise exponentially.

Roll Up Your Shirt Sleeves

Another fashion which is, thankfully, on the way out are short-sleeved shirts. You know the ones: they look like they were meant to continue down past the elbow, but the factory where they were being produced suddenly ran out of fabric.

Start to look like a human being with a modicum of good fashion sense by investing in some nice, long-sleeved shirts which you can then roll up past your elbow. Slim guys, in particular, suit this look and, combined with the nice past-the-knee shorts mentioned above, you’ll start to attract the honeys like you never even imagined!

Blazers

Believe it or not, blazer-chique can help a guy kill the game right now. Shop around, and find a nice, low-key blazer (preferably without buttons, and definitely without any kind of design of them). Especially nice are dark-grey/black blazers worn over plain white tees, or even over button-down shirts.

Not only will this make you look like you have a great eye for fashion, but a plain blazer will be versatile enough that you can either wear it while hanging out with buddies in a bar, or while you’re heading off to your next meeting at work.

DO NOT WEAR GYM CLOTHES

We don’t care what you heard, and we don’t care who told you to do it. Do not wear gym clothes anywhere other than the gym (which is, perhaps, why they’re called “gym clothes”).

Not only is it especially unattractive, but most gym clothes won’t have the kind of fit you need to provide the impression that you know what constitutes a good dress sense. For the love of all that is holy, leave your sweatpants and polyester shorts in the gym bag where they belong, and get yourself some appropriate clothing.

Vertical Stripes And (Some) Patterns Are In

You heard it here, first, folks. Well, maybe you didn’t, but we’re confirming it: vertical stripes are sexy, and there’s a wide range of ways to incorporate them into the way you dress. Pick yourself up a nice t shirt with simple black and white stripes, or even a nice subtle pattern design, and you’ll be well on your way to looking great for the summer.

Hopefully these fashion tips have got you covered for the summer ahead. Remember, if you don’t dress like a five-year-old, you’ll start to give off the impression that you’ve got your life sorted out. Until next time, always check yourself in the mirror before leaving the house, and keep checking back for more great articles like this!

The laws of meetings: How to maximise your business efficiency

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a large or small company; views on meetings are largely universal. They’re often overused, inefficient, and generally a waste of time.

Of course, there are plenty of exceptions, but in a nutshell, meeting dynamics across the world can be reformed.

Taking this into account, when it comes to your own company’s meetings, how should you approach matters? Should you go with the flow and “become one of them”, or should you challenge the norm and take matters into your own hands? Suffice to say, today’s post is on how to achieve the latter.

Tread carefully with recurrent meetings

The software companies gave themselves a huge pat on the back when they allowed recurrent meetings to be scheduled at the quick of a button. In truth, this is a worthwhile feature for many meetings – but not all.

After all, while you might build a case for a weekly performance meeting, many other recurrent ones aren’t perhaps needed.

Now, before you suggest that you can simply “play it by ear” and decide when you get to the meeting, this is one of the easiest mistakes to make. After all, by the time everyone has arrived and discussed the matter at hand, regardless of how briefly, valuable time has been eaten away.

The moral of the story? Carefully decide whether your recurrent meetings really need to be recurrent.

Get the agenda out there – and make it actionable

There’s nothing worse than being called into a meeting only to find that there is no structure or agenda. In these cases, it often leads to a free-for-all where people can talk about anything and everything, regardless of how important it actually is.

Of course, there will always be exceptions to the rule, but in general, an agenda is key. Not only does it give the meeting some much-needed structure, but it also allows you to assign actions to specific people. This, in turn, makes the meeting far more actionable and less of a time waster.

Stop people from going off on tangents

There’s always one person in every meeting that just can’t help themselves. They see the meeting as an opportunity to show off their knowledge, regardless of how relevant it is to the discussion.

While it’s important to allow some level of creativity, you also need to rein people in when they start to go off on tangents. After all, if everyone in the meeting starts to do this, it quickly descends into a free-for-all where nothing gets done.

Could a remote meeting do the trick?

It would be fair to say that we’re now well and truly in the age of remote meetings. Most of us are used to them now and like them due to how much time they can save us.

However, they don’t always work. This is particularly true if you want to impress new clients or perhaps need a whiteboarding session. In these instances, nothing quite beats the dynamics of a face-to-face affair. If you decide to go down this route, the obvious caveat is the knock-on effects. Whether booking that dreaded meeting room or ensuring your insurance obligations are up to scratch ahead of receiving external visitors, make sure you’re prepared for in-person meetings.

Keep it short and sweet

There’s no need to drag out meetings unnecessarily. If you can achieve everything you need to in 30 minutes, there’s no need to make it an hour-long affair.

How to Use Poker as a Mindfulness Practice

Most common mindfulness practices are fundamentally simple. Things like deep breathing, counted breaths, and short breaks and walks can help to calm us, clear our minds, and generate simultaneous states of relaxation and awareness. As much purpose as these small, simple practices have though, there are also some more involved activities that can assist with the development of greater mindfulness. And it may surprise some to learn that the game of poker is among them.

Gaming and Meditation

It is first important to understand that a link has been established between gaming and meditation in general. For a long time there were a lot of misconceptions about gaming as an active, almost violent practice meant solely for young people. But perceptions have changed over time. We now understand that people in all age groups play games of all kinds, and we further accept that a lot of these games have meditative qualities. Gamer testaments and a few scientific studies alike have indicated that the right game can have a soothing effect on one’s mental state.

This is the case with poker as well. A passion for many around the world, it’s a unique game that doesn’t necessarily fall under the umbrella of traditional “gaming” as we tend to think of the term. It is nonetheless similar with regard to mindfulness, however. Approached with intention, it can be a calming, almost meditative hobby for players.

Mental and Emotional Calm

When considering the game of poker specifically, one tends to think first of strategy, luck, and mathematics. In some sense, these are the building blocks of any given game of poker, and it will of course be important for any aspiring player to learn how they all factor in. However, what really helps successful players to win at poker is a sound mindset. The manifestation of a sound overall poker game requires that players learn to accept defeat and to avoid getting too high from a win. It demands reasonable approaches to betting and competition, clear-eyed social interaction, and the ability to operate without ego.

Add those factors up, and what success in poker really demands is mental and emotional calm. Players need skill and strategy to be sure, but above all else they need to be able to clear their minds of various pressures and shut out hasty impulses. This in and of itself is nearly a form of meditation, and certainly serves as a sort of training for mindfulness practice.

Focused Meditation

Beyond helping players to establish a general sense of mental and emotional calm, poker also leads to an ability to focus that, in its own way, is meditative. Generally, a focused meditation is described as the practice of focusing on something intently as a way of staying in the present moment and slowing down inner dialogue. It more or less means zeroing in on one subject to the exclusion of all else for the purpose of clearing one’s head — which is pretty much exactly what one has to do in poker! Even the slightest distraction can be a problem, and while the game demands a lot of attention it still makes for such narrow focus that one can clear one’s mind in a useful and soothing way.

Even given all of these benefits, poker does not comprise an entire mindfulness or meditation routine. For those interested in working on these aspects of personal wellness though, it’s always good to have one more option! Some will find this simple, popular card game to be legitimately beneficial.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our piece on how to boost your energy, especially useful as we enter a new year and search for fresh motivations!