I work in a busy support environment, with longer term projects overlaid on the to-do list can get a bit frenetic and/or daunting at times.
I find it's always good to keep a few smaller housekeeping items on the list, especially ones that can be started/stopped at short notice. One of them is to catch up on newsletter reading. This is always a learning experience, and usually delivers inspiration. Even 15 minutes can help revitalize during a long week.
Life as a DBA: Living in a box, but thinking outside of it.