This using the weekend for getting film work done (every other weekend lately) strategy is working well for me; try it if you have a day job during the week & are frustrated by not moving forward with your filmmaking work - set aside at least 2 weekends a month for your filmmaking work & follow through, no matter what (generally speaking). Using that strategy I have been able to shoot all the footage I need (by the end of this weekend) for the feature doc The Indie Film Bloggers, in less than 2 months. If necessary I plan on using the same strategy for shooting the upcoming fiction feature Actress (working title) in August & September. Also for Untitled New York Comedy that I plan on starting work on in October.
Also, equipment rental is cheaper on the weekends; I am getting a GL2 for about $80 for the weekend (Sat & Sun, Fri eve pick up, Mon AM return); an affordable price for this DIY filmmaker.