Still, some people have hit their heads on this wall before, so I'm extending my sincere thanks to the following things, made by real people, that have made my life a little less stressful recently. Maybe they will help you too...
For making it possible to make mistakes and magically recover without a thousand files marked '-old', '-old-old', '-broken' and '-fixed'. If you don't use version control, you're already lost.
Because no one gets the spacing with units right, and typing $^\circ$ is just too much.
Because I can't remember the magic words.
Because who needs EndNote anyway.
The LaTeX Visual FAQ: http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/info/visualFAQ/visualFAQ.pdf
Because clicky and my headache is solved.