Now, until recently, my working plan for any effects / editing I had to do was just "whenever I can, in my spare time". Now, I've been introduced to what I call "Power Working" by my brother's friend. Him and my brother are website designers by trade, and their method is this: Arrive at the location for the work (usually his home, where there are many computers in the same room available), after the normal working day. On the way, buy several bottled of Red Bull/Red Rooster/name your energy drink. Then sit, drinking the caffiene goodness, for eight ours straight, all night, with a break at around 3 AM for a coffee and a sandwich. I've recently made a short film with my brother's friend, and "Power Working" really has helped - filled to the brim with caffiene and concentrated on your work, you can get a lot done. We got what I would estimate would normally be three weeks worth of work done in the space of two "Power Working" nights. What other methods of getting the job done do people use?