Is the Artifact system discouraging you from playing alts?

Is anyone else discouraged from either playing or starting alts because of how much work leveling and progressing the artifact weapon is? I don't usually play alts but now that I have a lot more time than I used to, I'm more inclined to play a new class. ..but after having spent so many hours on my main, it's very overwhelming just thinking about finishing the artifact questline all over again. Not to mention the thousands of AP I've collected