I need to remember that the generals process, while it is a hoop to jump through, can also be of great use. It's not just an exercise in agony (that was the M.A. exam, ha.), but is instead a first step toward focusing my thoughts for the prospectus and hypothetical dissertation. And I've been clever enough to craft at least one of my lists to play to that particular goal.
In sum, I'd be a fool to not take advantage of this process as best I can.