Squash is both physically and mentally exhausting. When we decide to play more than five games to eleven, we play less aggressively because we're pacing ourselves, making points shorter and less exciting. As a result, I've recently switched to playing fewer more intense games with friends. Points last longer with more memorable shots and we get tired quicker. Correct or not, it feels like a more efficient use of time at the gym.
Because the games are more competitive, I find myself asking for one more game at the end of our sessions. Usually it's for the "championship," so we don't hold back. I want to start applying this mentality of tacking on one more game to other things I do. Setting intermediate goals makes it easier to psych myself up and to push myself at 100% for longer durations.