I'm looking for a word that means: stuck over one thing.

Context: I'm doing (repeating,using) one thing over and over again.

Examples: Every time when I create my music I use the same FX chains on every piece.
Every morning when I come to work I recompile my software with a current day timestamp.

Either one word or an idiom would be acceptable. Yet, I prefer one word.

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    You are in a rut, perhaps?
    – Mick
    Dec 26, 2016 at 9:02
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    There's not nearly enough detail. Please give a fuller description, and perhaps a sentence where you would use this WORD. Does it have to be a single word, would an idiom also be acceptable?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 26, 2016 at 9:03
  • BTW, we would normally say stuck on one thing.
    – stangdon
    Dec 26, 2016 at 16:52

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Depending in the context, you might say that you are "stuck in a rut". For example:

David felt like he was stuck in a rut, so he went back to school.

Anne was tired of being in a rut, so she moved to Los Angeles.

The expression itself alludes to a wagon whose wheels only go straight because of the ruts in the road. Turning the wagon is difficult as is changing one's routine.


Your edit to the original post gives a little more scope, as 'stuck in a rut' implies that this is not a situation you want to be in, and would like it to change.

If you are simply describing the process of repeating the same action on a regular basis, the words 'routinely', 'consistently' or 'habitually' come to mind. For example:

I routinely recompile my software with a current day timestamp.

I habitually recompile my software with a current day timestamp.

I consistently recompile my software with a current day timestamp.

for a situation where you want to imply a negative connotation, words like 'tedium' or 'monotony' can be used to describe a situation where you are tired of doing the same thing over and over again.

  • Interesting idiom... might be my choice... any other possible variants? Dec 26, 2016 at 9:10
  • I'm always confusing you with @mick, and yet your avatars are very different. BTW it was mick who first suggested in a rut
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 26, 2016 at 9:12
  • +1 for the subsequent suggestions which fit better the OP's request. Context (clear explanations) is everything.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 26, 2016 at 9:22
  • @Mari-LouA What's the problem? I don't have one. You should know my policy by now.
    – Mick
    Dec 26, 2016 at 9:34
  • @Mick what's your problem? I upvoted mike's answer because the second set of suggestions fit better.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 26, 2016 at 9:36

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