Sometimes you don’t realise you’re in an engineering hole, ever. You keep on applying the next fix – be it code, be it a system, be it a framework, be it a decision.
You’re so focussed on building the thing that you forget what it is you’re trying to achieve.
Invention isn’t what you need. What you need is more thought, less action.
And sometimes you just have to throw it all away and start again.