i dont really use any shortcuts either.
First, no matter what shisha im using, i open and stir it for a good 5 min, then leave it open. I fill the vase with water and place the downstem in then put it in the fridge. then i'll put the coals on the stove and get them started. next, i'll pack the bowl and wash my hands(i do this in the kitchen as well). give the coals a flip. pull the hookah out of the fridge, put it all together, then pull the coals offa the stove and im good to go.