Music is what can make anything tolerable for me. It has just enough of a background flow that I can move to it for the entirety of my work - dishes, working on Quickbooks, anything. I do it for four hours a day at work. I will blast certain types of techno or retro music until I get into my academic groove to do those horrendous papers that have to be a certain length even though I could write one half as long and twice as well done than what the professor is asking for.
That is my only suggestion. Find your form of stimulation that gets you into a working mood, and use it. TV, a calm silence, music - whatever works for you.