Paste without formatting (shift-command-V on mac) will cause your pasted text to take on the attributes of the highlighted text you are pasting over, or the text your curser is inserted in.
And this is why STYLES were invented. Especially the "next style" property, if there is more than one style required. ID will allow you to slect a block of text and style it by right-clicking on the first stylename you need in the Paragrph Styles panel and and choosing Apply Style and Next Style. The trick is to analyze the patterns in your text to set up the syles you need (you may need a different style name for each bulleted line, for example, to get the next style sequence to work if there is other text that follows the bullets).
Thanks for that, thats one way of doing it. Wanting to know though if there is a way of having a list off all my specs and simply by hilighting a line in indesign and then clicking a selected spec for the list which will auto place.
How about using ID's ability to link to a sspreadsheet? If the range is always the same you can do the formatting inthe spreqdsheet and just update the link to change the copy.
I've go a feeling, though, that you are looking for smething magic that will allow you to update randomly, and I don't think that's possible.