When things get really crazy, the only thing to do is to pull out the big guns: the Pomodoro Technique.
Are you familiar with Pomodoros? It’s the only reason I’m able to get anything done. Basically, you work in 25-minute chunks, followed by a 5 minute break. This is hands-down the best method I found for any task that requires concentration, like writing or translation, and I use it for blogging too sometimes.
You can get all fancy with lists and check marks and even reward system if you want. Lol. (Speaking of rewards, I think it might be time for me to check out those fabric stores...) I'm just using a plain notebook right now, but I can often be found drooling over Asian agendas and planners on eBay... (Say stationary nerd!)
Anyhoo, my latest breakthrough has been to SEW during my 5-minute break between my work chunks – one of the many benefits of working from home! (That, and the shortest commuting time on earth.) I’ve been finding it really satisfying to do something with my hands for very short bursts. Not to mention how encouraging it is to see your sewing project progress a little bit every day. The hard part is to drop my sewing when my alarm rings, but I tell myself that I'll be able to get back to it in only 25 minutes. :-)