I'm working on a task, and without going into specifics, the same information is used over and over again. I've been tasked with consolidating the information, but to do so would require me to either create something unnecessarily long and frankly not involve much changing other than format as the useful stuff is different for each information block.
I could however automatically pull all of the basic information together, but it would run into an issue of not being much use, as it's going to require the same work in order to accomplish it.
Together they make the work either unnecessarily convoluted or don't do much to reduce the work done to create the product.
Some things that are close but don't really hit the mark are
Putting lipstick on a pig
But that doesn't really fit the spirit. I'm not making it look better and it's going to be ugly whether I change it or not.
going from my thumb to my pinky by way of my elbow
But that only touches on the complication of it, not that any changes would go to the "leg" before the "elbow" in this phrase.
What's a phrase I could use to describe this situation?