Make weekend plans.
You have no idea how many people have declined invitations to do amazing, incredible weekend trips with me "because I have work..." Only to spend most of Saturday morning watching Netflix, then making breakfast, then doing the dishes, then running an errand, then going out for drinks with friends because they still have all day Sunday to work on the project... and, before they know it, it's Sunday night and they're only just starting on the work.
I'm not the only one who thinks so. Popular convention states that "work expands to fill the time allotted."
LifeHacker states that you should avoid Monday deadlines for a more productive work week.
Hische is a "procrastiworker"—someone who waits till the last minute to finish a project, but keeps working in bits and pieces until the deadline. In the end, she wasn't getting the time off she needs every week. Her solution was to eliminate project deadlines on Monday:
"If there is a deadline on Monday, and you are prone to procrastinating / procrastiworking like me, you are most definitely working on the weekend."
Fortune writes that if you're missing deadlines, you're probably not busy enough -- and that a long to-do list can help you beat procrastination.
What this all adds up to... is making weekend (and evening) plans. Not only will they force you to have tighter deadlines and make you more productive... they will also help improve your mental health by giving you a break from work and making your life an adventure. Remember: everything's always worth it.
Case in point: here's one photo from each of my last five weekends: