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The time issue is very important. For applications purposes, it is better a paper published in a lesser rank journal, than one submitted in a top one.
Besides, in terms of future citations of your work, I find other factors (presentation at conferences, collaborations, personal networks, etc.) much more important than just a journal impact factor. Imho as long as a journal has a decent reputation and proper indexing, it is not crucial if they are not top in their category.
In general I am in control of my schedule. If my sup asks me to do some extra stuff I did not plan, it's usually minor stuff that don't take much time.
In your situation, I would first consider whether "the bits and pieces" in any way could fit within your general thesis work. If not at all, I think you should from time to time stand up to your sup, using the solid argument that you can't exceed the deadline on your side.
But obviously a lot depends on the relationship between you and your sup on a personal level.
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