It seems that whenever I take, make, or use a shortcut, I stumble, stagger, fall and take twice as long as when I go the long way.
Until I have learned how to do something once using all of the steps.
Probably why I like macros so well ... I create them (the shortcuts) that I have taken the time to learn all of the steps so I can go from A - Z on my own. Quickly.
Done right, the shortcut is an amazing time saver.
Done incorrectly, you wind up going the scenic route.
The hard way.
Like when I went to Mount Lemon, found an 'unimproved county road' I could take down the mountain.
It was the same distance, had no crowd, had no pavement, and took me 3 hours to go down ...