Just about every miniature painter finds themselves in situations where they are distracted by stress and other craziness, whether you are just doing it once in a while for fun or a million hours a day. :-)
I have seen lots of people become completely paralyzed by these distractions... sometimes whatever you try to do with the brush is not much more than poo, or the figure you are trying to work on has some difficult area to work through, etc.
You already know that I have lots of things going on at once, at many different stages, for a variety of reasons. Usually, it is all about efficiency. There are also those times where one has to extract one's head from one's posterior to move on to bigger and better things.
I try to have lots of 'easy' stuff sitting around just in case. It might be pieces of terrain, or some bases that need paint, or even simple figures that have been sitting around for those times where I need to just toss paint at something.
The Reaper Bone minis have been ideal for this.
Low impact, low stress, and so on.
No plan here... just grab whatever colors were around on the palette, and spend a few minutes trying to work away stress.
The Shaded basecoat is normally liberating enough to jolt one out of any jam, but being able to slap just about anything on this did the trick.
I had no idea what colors this would be. Whatever came to mind is what happened. Even then, it still changed.
Had this been a 'normal' figure, there would have been the innate urge to do something more fancy, or get crazier about doing something exotic with colors, etc.
The point, however, it to step away from the painting table without stepping away from the painting table. I think I might have messed around with this for an hour...
By doing a quick little exercise such as this, I could see some instant results, forget (for the moment) all the stuff that was making me want to crumple up the Universe and toss it in the corner of the room, and focus strictly on a brush and some paint... and a plastic fig.
For those times when whatever you are trying to do is not working out, throwing some easy short passes for completions will give you the little nudge that you need. Making you feel in control once again.
Once you have gotten to that place, you can once again return to smashing your face into a wall of broken glass :-)