Remember way, way back when you first started using a computer? You had no idea what you were doing, so everything took forever. Many of us relive these dark ages when we watch our non-technical relatives operate laptops. What was it that helped us turn the corner and get good (i.e. fast) at operating a computer? For me, it was practice and keyboard shortcuts.
AutoHotKey is a free, open-source Windows utility that allows you create your own keyboard shortcuts with their simple scripting language. It may seem intimidating at first, but there’s lots of documentation and an active community to help get you going. CheatSheet for Mac is a great free app that helps you memorize keyboard shortcuts for each app you work in. Install CheatSheet and hold down the ⌘-Key anywhere in Mac OS X to bring up a window with all the available shortcuts.