Sometimes there are worthwhile shortcuts. When we step back and see what we are doing we might realize that we are doing some busy work – we might be doing things that just simply do not need to be done. Perhaps, we have fallen into doing it because it was always done this way. And then if we look at it differently we might achieve our objectives more efficiently.
But often times there is no simple shortcut. You have to put in the repetition to learn, or do the research on your own, or go through each meticulous step to get to your objective.
The first step might be asking yourself is this what I need to be doing right now? Is this step necessary for my current objective? Thinking we need to do everything right now often sends us down a negative spiral; probably either a race to the bottom or overwhelm.