Most of my shortcut posts have been about managing time and how to do things faster. You can read all 31 Days of Shortcuts here.
There are no shortcuts for some things. And recognizing when there are no shortcuts will save you time and frustration. Here in Maine there is a joke about Downeasters giving directions to "out-of-staters". I think the point of the joke is more about the communication challenges of people from different cultures. There's a humorist from Maine who wrote about this, and here is a Youtube clip of the Maine humorist performing.