When I GM, I nearly always shave before the game — just as if I was going to work that day.
I’ve found this to be helpful, as it puts me in the right mindset: I want to bring my A game, pull off a polished performance and present the evening’s session well. I have no idea if shaving sends that signal to my players, but it certainly sends it to my brain.
(When I play, I usually don’t shave. It’s the weekend for a reason, right? I tend to be more relaxed as a player, and this ties into that, but not shaving doesn’t mean I can’t bring my A game — somehow, it’s different than when I GM.)
Apologies for the flat-out guy-centric tip, but it seemed useful enough to share. Is there a corresponding grooming chore for women that has a similar impact?