Help me make better day-to-day impression with the small things
February 3, 2013 2:30 PM Subscribe
So this last week I've started realizing I care more about my... appearance? Demeanor? Presentation? Than I have in the past. I suddenly have motivation to kind of get my act together and act like a grown-up, I guess. What do you do, or see people do, that makes that impression on you?
posted by dubadubowbow to human relations (34 answers total) 59 users marked this as a favorite
Part of it is for dating and part is for being more respectable-seeming, but mostly it's kind of for my own self-respect. I'm typically mostly focused on being true to mine own self, and now this seems to be the latest phase in that, so I'm not doing it for anyone else.
Anyway, part of the problem here is that since I've never really paid much attention to this front, I figure there may be dozens of obvious things (to others) I'm missing. Here's a little sampling of things I've noticed myself trying to do more or better, or that I suddenly care about wanting to improve.
-Using hair stuff to make sure my hair doesn't stick up at random times during the day like normal.
-Improving my handwriting at least slightly.
-Wearing clothes that people who "get" clothes would think, "hey, that looks pretty good on you!" about
-Calling people older than me "sir" or "ma'am," I've been thinking about a lot.
-Not saying "like" in a non-comparative way
Can you think of anything that might go in that list? (Oh, I'm male, and in my late 20's. But obviously is appreciate the male or female perspective.) I mean, I'm not a slob and I consider myself pretty polite-- I hold doors open for people, I was raised with a healthy dose of "Midwest Nice." And not so much good life advice like start saving ASAP, appreciate the small stuff in life, etc. I already try to do that-- I'm specifically trying to make better impressions on people I guess. But you know. Anything like that. Thanks!