While I'm trying hard not to be obsessive-compulsive about studying (first of all, I can't with the construction going on across the street, and second of all, that's just not healthy), I think having a comfortable place to study is really important. Plus I've been trying to pretend that my dining room is an office I have to go to each morning so I don't feel like such a lazy bum who never gets out of pajamas or goes outside - so I try to get dressed and eat breakfast before I go and sit down there, and I do things like eat lunch and dinner and procrastinate somewhere else (across the room on the couch). Except for facebook, gchat, and reading Dear Prudence columns on Slate - I do those right in my "office" - don't tell my boss. I do recognize that this does not fix the whole not-going-outside thing, just the lazy-bum-in-pajamas part.
So without further ado, here is my Step 1 study enclave:
Note: Bag of chocolate chips not a necessary part of the study atmosphere, but they certainly don't hurt
Second note: Buddha is good luck