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Routines are a double-edged sword; they can boost your output, but they can also rob you of your "spark". Self-improvement site Pick the Brain advises us of the danger of getting stuck in a rut:

Going through the same routine, day after day, can be monotonous and depressing. It often leads to getting caught in a rut. To get out of it you need to temporarily change your routine. If you can, take a day off from work. Do something you don't normally have time for or something you've never tried. In the long run, taking a day off every now and then to get out of slump will make you happier and more productive.

For instance, today I plan on spending at least an hour with my newest art project - definitely out of my daily routine plan. What do you do to break your rut? Let's hear in the comments.

Stop Feeling Depressed


Blogger Jacob Grier discovers what Wikipedia calls "the least known stapling method": pinning. If you rotate the plate on the bottom of your stapler, it will bend staples outward instead of inward to fasten things temporarily. Easily remove a pinned staple by pulling it along the plane of the document. Many modern staplers don't have this feature any more, so pick up an old-school model to try it out.

The stapler's secret

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


If you've been plagued by wrinkled and creased clothes in your suitcase no matter how much care you've taken packing, previously mentioned packing web site OneBag suggests using the bundle wrapping method.

As the name suggests, bundle wrapping involves the careful wrapping of clothes around a central core object, avoiding the folds that result in creases. Furthermore, the tension created in the fabric by the wrapping process significantly reduces the chances of wrinkling.

The instructions are fairly wordy, so be sure to check out the bundle wrapping diagram for a visual step-by-step.

Bundle Wrapping


Windows only: Freeware Microsoft Word add-in Word Hyperlink Checker manages hyperlinks in Word documents and checks for suspicious or broken links. While the internet has progressively become a more viable source of cited information in documents, Word doesn't manage links all that well by default. The add-in scans your document for links that appear broken or "suspicious" (it's unclear what that entails), then aggregates and marks them as suspicious. Word Hyperlink Checker is a free download, Windows only, Word 2000 and up.

Document Hyperlink Checker for Microsoft Word


Linux users: Install iPodLinux on your iPod without losing any of your existing content with a script introduced by Mike's Ubuntu Blog. The script automatically partitions your iPod's hard drive and installs a boot partitioner with just three terminal commands.

wget http://de.dataghost.com/ipl/dg-installer/dg-linux-installer-20070311.tar.bz2 tar -jxf dg-linux-installer-20070311.tar.bz2 sudo ./installer.sh

I installed iPodLinux on my iPod, and besides an occasional freeze up (and a decent drain on the battery), iPodLinux has been running very well. After installing iPodLinux you'll still be able to sync your iPod just as you normally would in addition to doing other fun things, like playing games. If you're not running Linux, you can still install iPodLinux on your iPod from your Windows or Mac PC.

How to: install ipodlinux on your ipod