I’m working on a piece on the case for and against Monday deadlines. As a freelancer, I’ve been advised in the past to ask for Monday deadlines on long projects. The idea is simple: Most project managers/editors won’t deal with whatever you turn in on Friday until Monday anyway. So asking to have until Monday gives you wiggle room. You’ll aim to be done by Friday, but if you need a few extra hours, you can polish over the weekend and turn in a better project Monday morning.
Of course, the downside to this formula is pretty obvious. If you have a Monday deadline, chances are you will work over the weekend, which many people don’t like to do. If you’ve got issues with procrastination, a Friday deadline means you’ll huff and puff on Thursday and Friday, but then you’ll have the weekend to recuperate. If you’ve got a Monday deadline, you’ll huff and puff on Saturday and Sunday.
Since I usually give myself personal deadlines that come before real deadlines, I’ve found that Monday deadlines are all good. Having that extra time available over the weekend if I want it does make me feel more relaxed about projects. But I can see the other side, too. Do you like Monday deadlines?