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Chapter 3. Blame It on the Environment > Peer Pressure Has No Peer - Pg. 23

Blame It on the Environment · Things 23 The people are your partners in crime, the fellow procrastinators who convince you that there are about a million other things you'd rather be doing than the task you're supposed to be doing. They may also be people who are not procrastinators themselves but who drag you down by nagging or by not giving you the support and resources you need to get things done. The places are your workspaces, the physical setup, lighting, temperature, and general comfort level of the areas in which you try to get things done, whether that's home, office, or elsewhere. The things are objects like papers, files, household knick knacks, junk, old clothes, and anything else that crowds your life and qualifies as clutter. Clutter can also come in the form of commitments and obligations that keep you overworked and over loaded. Matter of Fact If you can't see your desk for the papers and are afraid to open a closet or garage door, you might find the organizing tips in these books to be a lifesaver: Clutter Control: Putting Your Home on a Diet by Jeff Campbell; Lighten Up!: Free Yourself from Clutter by Michelle Passoff; and Not for Packrats Only: How to Clean Up, Clear Out, and Live Clutter Free Forever by Don Aslett. The remainder of this chapter focuses on how each of these factors can be a roadblock to action.