More and more men seem to think it is okay to ask women out on a date with less than 30 minutes notice!
While I don’t agree with this, obviously there are enough women accepting these last minute dates or hang outs that men now feel comfortable and confident in doing this.
You Don’t KNOW Him
A man shouldn’t feel comfortable inviting himself to your place at the last minute.
Texting, “Hey, I’m in your neighborhood, can I come by” is not cool! Why didn’t he ask you if you wanted to hang out any earlier??
Well, it’s because he never planned on hanging out with you that night in the first place. If a man likes a woman and he actually wants to see her, he will try lock her down for a date long before the night of the date itself.
Truthfully, why on earth should a man that barely knows you feel confident enough to call you at 8pm on a Friday night to see you in an hour? It’s disrespectful in my opinion. I could have other plans or just be enjoying a night to myself.
If a man is calling or texting you at night to see you that night, this should be a huge red flag to you!!
Disclaimer: This definitely doesn’t apply once you’ve been dating for awhile or are exclusive with each other. This only applies to the beginning stages of dating.
Time to Primp & Pamper
Why aren’t you worth him putting some forethought into asking you out? Why don’t you deserve the respect of having, at a minimum, 24 hours notice before a date?
You deserve to have time to take a shower, make your hair look fabulous, pick the perfect outfit, and do your make up flawlessly! Every woman should be able to primp and pamper herself to the extent that she likes before any date.
You deserve a man that wants to plan out a date more than just a few hours in advance. Of course, once you’ve been on several dates spontaneity will be a great thing!
But, first, he has to show you that he does have respect for you in every sense of the word. And this includes, understanding that your personal free time is precious and that other people want it too.
Remember, your time is valuable regardless of whether you are spending it watching Housewives, hiking up a mountain, or simply blogging. And, he needs to know that as well.
A man will respect you more if you set boundaries for yourself. If you act like you can be walked all over and used like a rag doll, you will be. Show a man that he needs to treat you with respect if you aren’t getting it from the start.
If a man calls or texts you at the last minute and actually gets to see you, he will think you are easy and definitely won’t put any more effort into getting to know you, let alone give you much more notice for future dates.
He surely won’t respect you.
Last Minute = Last Choice
Most of the time, if a man is trying to see you at the last minute, you were his last option.
I know every woman in this world wants a man that looks at her like his first, most preferable option. No woman wants to be a man’s back up or last resort!
If you can’t be honest enough with yourself to admit that, then you definitely are not ready to change those things that may be holding you back in your dating life.
Yesterday, I had a male guest on my podcast and when we discussed last minute dates, he said something that really resonated with me. He said, “Last minute equals last choice!” This is straight from the horses mouth ladies!
Don’t Answer Your Phone on Friday and Saturday Nights
Obviously, if you’re getting a call or text on Friday or Saturday night you weren’t nearly at the top of a man’s mind.
If you just recently met, a man doesn’t actually KNOW you and should think you are busy having fun with friends or whoever on your weekend.
Even if you aren’t out with friends or on dates, maybe you’re busy with hobbies, elevating your career, blogging, or podcasting!
Either way, don’t answer his call or respond to his text. Why? Because you’re out living your life, hanging out with your friends, or just enjoying your “me time.”
By doing this and not accepting last minute dates, you will let him know that if he wants to see you he will actually have to ask to see you in advance.
No one wants to be that girl that all the guys know will answer her phone at 10pm on a Friday or Saturday night.
Return His Call or Text Later
Please don’t think I’m asking you to ignore a man’s communication altogether, I’m not saying that.
You can return his call or text hours later or the next morning and let him know you were out or busy. Keep it vague, you barely know this guy and he doesn’t need to know your every last movement despite your yearning to tell him.
For those who may see this as lying or being dishonest, I think you should really be looking at it more as holding yourself back and not giving yourself wholly and completely to someone upfront. Take time to let someone get to know you.
The Rules Book
Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, authors of The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing The Heart of Mr. Right, say that you should never accept a date for Friday or Saturday night after Wednesday.
I like this rule, but, I tweaked it. I believe that you can accept a weekend date if you’re asked by Thursday, but it depends on how much genuine interest the man has shown.
If you feel like he’s a good guy and is showing real interest in you, you can accept a weekend date if he asks on Thursday.
However, if you’re already getting the feeling that this guy might be a player or he’s “running game on you,” don’t make exceptions to this rule.
How It Works
Most of the time, by the second or third time you turn a man down for a last minute date, he will start asking you out in advance!
For the men that don’t… Well, they weren’t interested in anything serious in the first place and were just looking for some easy play.
And to these men, wish them adieu because that’s not what you’re looking for and they were never going to give you the respect you deserved anyway!
You Want More?
To hear the full discussion on this topic and hear the male perspective for yourself, check out my podcast! It’s Dee’s Dating Diary Podcast or download the episode here: Download episode
For more great dating advice, get my book: Picking up the Pieces: Rebuilding Yourself for the Love and Relationship You Deserve.
Till Next Time,