Ah, triage. The vast majority of my freelance work these days comes in at the last minute. Usually on fire. During a really good week, I may have, oh, three of four days to complete a project. More often than not though the conversation runs like this:
IM MikeyJoe: Hey! U round
IM Me: Yeppers, what's up?
IM MikeyJoe: My AD went to Burning Man, you up for a project?
IM Me: Sure thing. Whats the project?
IM MikeyJoe: Need VZN Banners for product launch. Emailing u details
**PAUSE FOR EMAIL***
IM Me: Coolness, that's 15 banner ads?
IM Mikey Joe: Ya. We need you to redo the title screen too.
IM Me: Kay. What's the deadline?
IM MikeyJoe: We need them by 8am, is that okay?
***PAUSE FOR SANITY-CHECK*** (I usually fail these, it's the mark of a freelancer)
IM Me: Not a problem. Got game assets?
IM MikeyJoe: I'll check, one sec.
IM MikeyJoe: Got three dummy-scrns. Emailing now
IM Me: k
IM Me: Um. These are 80x80, got anything bigger?
IM MikeyJoe: .... The AD went to Burning Man
IM Me: Ah. 'K