Jerry Uelsmann uses the term "post-visualization" to describe his darkroom efforts. Once one realizes that it is actually part of the photographic creative process, then your darkroom efforts may seem less of drudgery & more a necessary & fulfilling part of the entire creative process. A certain level of drudgery is part of all creative art forms including digi. I have spent hours on one digi image hiding scratches, etc. (results from being a sloppy photographer which digi encourages), removing scanning artifacts, cloning out unwanted aspects of image ( jet trails, telephone lines, signs, blemishes), creating masks to adjust tonal ranges in certain areas. Its the type of drudgery only perfectionists & graphic artists could enjoy. I've switched to the darkroom & prefer my current hand-crafted, less-than-perfect traditional prints to the digi output.