I judge guys who ask me out for coffee.
As a blogger, business owner, content marketing consultant, and creator (ask me about the super cool side-projects I've been working on!), I have very little free time. In spite of being busy, though, I don't let busy-ness consume my life. No matter how much work I've got piled up, I always make time to play basketball or rock climb during the week, and go surfing, whitewater kayaking or backpacking on the weekends. (In fact, the best productivity hack in the whole world is to make weekend plans, and never, ever EVER set a Monday deadline.)
The way I see it, I have 52 Saturdays per year. I have 52 Wednesday lunches and 52 Thursday Happy Hours. That's all.
If I take time out of my day to see you, to try to get to know you better, it means I am giving you something I can never have back: my afternoon. My evening. My time. So if you suggest doing something boring and interchangeable with you, I judge you.
It's selfish. It's boring. It's uninspired.
Coffee is for networking and job interviews. Is that why you've asked me out -- because you want to interview me? Because I spend enough time pitching my ideas and services as it is. I have no desire to continue doing it in my free time.
A first date is a chance for you to show me your best you. It's a chance for you to show me what a life with you could be like. I'm sure there are plenty of girls out there who would love to drink coffee with you. There are plenty of girls who will stay home and cook you breakfast while you go surfing with your buddies. There are plenty of girls who would rather wear a cute outfit and watch you climb a tree instead of climbing it with you. And when you ask me out for coffee, I can't help but wonder, Is that the sort of girl you're looking for?
But if (as I suspect, based on the chemistry I felt when we met) you are a fun and considerate guy -- show me! Respect my time. Inspire me! Thrill me to the marrow!
Challenge me to a game of one-on-one! (I'll probably suggest 3s or 5s instead, but I'll still be impressed.) Ride your bike to Buck's with me! Take me to an arcade and try to beat me at PacMan. (You can't.) Give me a sneak peak of what a relationship with you would look like.
And remember: you can improve your shot at landing a second date and make yourself look way more attractive by sharing an adventure with me. There's this great study about the misattribution of physiological arousal that you have to read, if you haven't already.
Even if we only have forty-five minutes to get together this afternoon, I'll bet there's still something you can suggest to take my breath away. After all, one of my life mottos is to Reclaim the Fifteen Minutes. When I was in elementary school, all we had was fifteen minutes for recess, and that was enough to line up in a single-file line, walk outside, pick teams, and play a whole game of kickball -- and if we could be that efficient with our time when we were eight, we can definitely still do that now.
So let's do it! Let's light shit on fire. Let's ride skateboards! Let's put our faces in the water or get in a boat together. Or even just hop on a slackline. Because then, even if our date goes horribly and we never want to see each other again... at least we had an amazing little adventure together.