I like to weed early in the morning. It is cool, and I can listen to the birds singing their morning songs. By weeding 10 to 30 minutes almost every morning I can keep ahead of the weeds. If you have a regular job, try setting your alarm 20 or 30 minutes earlier. There is something about being outdoors that invigorates you for the whole day. Then if you are gone for a week, it will not be an overwhelming task to catch up. If you are a weekend weeder, try working in the shade. Weed on the west and south sides in the morning and weed on the east and north sides in the afternoon. Weeding is easier when weeds are small. One swipe with a hoe will remove a dozen or more weeds. A big weed may take 3 chops with a hoe to get it out.