|Slow down! Make a pretend bed to take a pretend nap in the kitchen!|
When Bean was under two, I remember getting frustrated that we were running late and apologizing to him for being snippy. I told him I needed to slow down, and I would stop rushing him in and out of the car. A couple days later, I was telling him what we were going to do that day and said, "right now we're going to quickly run into the YMCA for just a second. Mommy has to drop something off." He responded. "No. Slooowwwly...." Point taken, kid.
The timer helps. I have done 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off on days when I have something time-sensitive to do - Bean is finally to an age where he can entertain himself for a short period of time, especially with the promise of slowwwwwwwing down and hanging out as soon as the timer beeps.
I have also taken to saying out loud that I am doing one thing, and what it is. So instead of feeling interrupted 20 kajillion times and saying "no" to every request he makes, I can say "I am washing dishes. That is all I am doing. I can do one thing at a time. When I am done with this, I will be available to do something with you."
The bottom line is that being in a hurry never helps.