He Asked Me Out But Didn’t Set a Time!

What’s up with this? He asked me out but didn’t set a time! This mixed signal from men makes dating so confusing. Here’s my dating advice about what this is about.

He Asked Me Out But Didnt Set A TimeWhy Are Men So Confusing?

You’ve been chatting with this guy who seems GREAT! The conversation flows, the texting is fun and you really click. It’s been so long since you met a decent man and he could be it! When you first start to connect, it’s very exciting and you get your hopes up thinking, “This guy has real potential!”

As you look forward to time together to really enjoy the chemistry, you might be thinking about all the fun the two of you will have. You get pumped up and are seriously looking forward to meeting him.

Maybe you’ve been texting for a few weeks now. You start to get a little impatient and wonder, “OK, when are you going to meet him already?” Haven’t we all been there?

You talked about getting together, but nothing came of it. He asked me out, but didn’t set a time. Also, he mentioned last weekend and said he’d call, but you didn’t hear from him. Hmmm, what’s that about? He said he was really busy and had surprise guests. Well, it’s possible. You want to give him the benefit of the doubt.

He Asks You Out But Plans Are Vague

He did make plans that one time, then had to cancel because of a work emergency. That sounds reasonable. Last time you brought it up he said this week was super busy too, but next week looks good. His planning overall seems kind of, well…vague.

So, how can you move things along? Or should you hang back and wait until he makes a clear and definite plan? What is the right thing to do without blowing it big time?

He Asked Me Out But Didn’t Set a Time. Why?

One thing that can help you decide on your next step is to understand what is really going on with him. Once you have a clue about what is causing him to be so vague you will have a better idea of the course that makes the most sense.

3 Reasons Why He’s Keeping Things Loose

1. Dating is NOT His Top Priority

He’s a busy guy with work, training or family which is why even though you are fun to text with and occasionally talk to, he just can’t seem to make a real plan. Recognize that he’s not trying to be evasive. He simply has too much on his plate.

No matter what a great guy he is, this man is NOT relationship material right now. He can’t make dating or you a priority. Do you want to date a man who cancels all the time and doesn’t make an effort to spend time with you?

If he can’t do this right for the first or second date, this behavior will NOT improve.

Should you wait around until his big life goals are all set and he can focus on you? NO WAY! Never put your life on hold for a man you barely know, thinking he could be the one. His emotional and physical unavailability make him the WRONG man for you.

2. He’s Keeping His Options Open

When you are first getting to know any man, you should expect that he’s dating others. You should be too. Until you reach exclusivity, you are a free agent to find the best possible partner.

This makes total sense if you want to find a compatible match and lasting love.

However, when a man can’t seem to nail down a date, time and place, he’s not really trying. He’s just putting you in a holding pattern to see what else is out there that might be better.

Or he’s hanging on to you while he waits to see if any of the current women bail on him. Either way, this is not good news for you.

3. He’s a Collector

There are some men who have no intention of meeting any women. They simply want the fun and ego boost of connecting and texting. Some guys long for a woman to talk to – someone who has great empathy, compassion and understanding.

So, they take advantage of your good nature. Men like this know women like to help.

My dating advice is to never trade emotional support hoping he’ll love you. In a way, this is no different than trading anything else (like sex) for love.

Women who choose this route end up disappointed, heartbroken and sadly, alone. Don’t allow the hope of meeting him some day or having a first or second date keep you locked into a man who has no time for you. That’s a surefire way to stay single.

How Can You Get Him to Make a Real Date?

Some dating experts would say, “Abandon ship with this guy and move on. He’s going to waste your time.” And that could be totally true. Sometimes a client won’t want to let go that quickly.

If the man seems like a really good catch, then I recommend trying this. “Let’s meet and see if there is any chemistry. I’m free Thursday for a cup of coffee (glass of wine, beer, etc.).” If he hesitates, says he’ll get back to you, or sets up a date then cancels, cross him off your list!

Once in a while, this somehow gets the ball rolling. A quality man will agree to a day, time and place and if he enjoys your company will ask you out again. Men know exactly what to do if they want to see you.

Don’t think he must be too shy – that is total nonsense! So, if you try this technique and you don’t end up on a date within a few days, that’s your signal loud and clear to MOVE ON.

What To Do When He Doesn’t Plan

If you are still wondering why “He asked me out but didn’t set a time,” here’s what you can do. Cut to the chase. The first time a man asks you out vaguely say, “I’d love to. When were you thinking?” If he says, “Thursday,” but doesn’t pick a place, ask him!”Where were you thinking?”

Don’t get off the phone without setting a specific day, time and place.

If he says he’ll get back to you, but doesn’t, don’t leave time open for him. Go out with friends or another man. Should he leave it loose like, “Let’s talk over the weekend,” you can respond with, “Sure, I’m pretty busy so, I hope you catch me.”

Two Can Play This Game

Remember two people can play this game, but as a smart woman, you won’t play for long! Never be afraid to walk away from a guy who can’t make a date or keep one.

There are better men out there and sometimes walking away with your dignity builds the confidence you need to meet the right man!

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Single for too long, Ronnie wanted to find love. So, she made a few tweaks and then dated 30 men in 15 months to meet her adorable husband Paul. Discovering the keys to midlife dating, she founded It’s Never Too Late for Love to help other smart, successful women find love too! Her mission is to share her proven dating advice  and keen insights about men with women everywhere who are serious about finding love with the right man. Ronnie Ann Ryan, MBA, CCC is a Certified Coach who has helped 1,000’s of midlife women with her Love & Dating Coach services. She’s been featured on BBC’s 5 Live Radio, NBC, ABC, and Fox News, NPR, eHarmony, MSN.com, MORE.com, Connecticut Magazine among others around the world. An established author, you can find her 6 books on Amazon.

2 thoughts on “He Asked Me Out But Didn’t Set a Time!”

  1. This guy I dealt with was so weird. He asked me 4 times out, all of them were vague questions. Once I answered him ”sure, when can we meet then?” He said just ”Whenever!” I don’t feel like, as a lady, I should be the one initiating the conversation further. Many of my friends say that this guy was just fooling around because of the vague date invitations but without any plans. Why would a guy do this to a girl if he knows that he doesn’t want to actually meet her?

    • Hey ConfusedGirl, Glad to hear you are a lady who knows her value! Wahoo! Your friends are wise and know he’s just playing games. To answer your question about why, but the truth is there’s no way to know. Here’s my best guess – he’s lonely and was happy to interact/message with you or maybe even speak by phone. A man who is serious will set a date right away. I always advise my client never stress about why – people, – men and women do strange things we will never understand. Just stick with the question, “Is this how I want to be treated?” If you’re OK with the treatment, then forget the why. If you’re not OK then leave the guy. But asking why sadly will get you nowhere because you’ll never know.

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