It is not uncommon to start Shabbat early in the summertime, I presume so that dinner will not start too late. What I have seen is that in congregations that do this, the men go to shul Friday night while the women stay home and prepare the house and dinner. But surely there are men who don't have wives to do this for them and occasionally single women who go to shul, so I am wondering what the practical logistics of an early Shabbat are if you don't have somebody to help at home.
Specifically: You still need to leave work early in order to prepare, even if candle-lighting is after 8. Do you leave work early, go home, prepare the house, and walk to shul, all in time for (say) a 6:00 service, and just accept that Shabbat for you is going to be 28-29 hours or so? Or is there some other trick (like maybe you drive to shul from work and leave your car, but then what about dinner prep?)? Or do you do something at shul to make kabbalat shabbat/ma'ariv not "count" yet so you can go home and do melacha? (I'm totally guessing and have no idea if such a thing would be kosher.) Or is it no different from a winter Shabbat except for the extra length?
I'm asking because I'm a woman who wants to participate in the community (not just at home) and I don't quite know how men work this out so they can.