Other Duties As Assigned

So for those of you who work in house or as designers in an atmosphere that isn't solely design-related, how do you handle the "other duties as assigned" portion of your role?

I know for me it can be a mixed blessing. I work at a university, and the opportunity to get away from the computer for awhile can be wonderful. It's nice mixing the day up. By the same turn, it can sometimes be frustrating getting dragged away from something creative to do more "mundane" tasks.

What do you guys do to keep yourself in the zone even when you can't be actively, well, zoning?