Projects can feel messy. When I walk my dog I pass by a construction site where a community outdoor pool is being rebuilt. To say it looks like a mess in an understatement, the demolition took place last year, this year it looks like concrete and dirt and construction mess. Only the vision of a beautiful outdoor pool makes it fun to watch. There is not much evidence of a final result but it is clear activity is taking place and the area looks different each day. It tells me tasks may not provide instant gratification but they do lead to progress.
When I work on tasks, I am simply working on different things that on their own can seem tedious. The end goal is simply an accumulated result of tedious tasks. This is includes learning, deconstruction, doing, fixing, learning, more doing. The end is in the means.