From Vectorboom –Effective Methods of Working in Adobe Illustrator:
This and subsequent articles will include effective techniques that are used by professionals in their daily work, and with what you can save a lot of working time. Tips will be useful for beginners as well as for those who have been using Adobe Illustrator a while. If it takes you a while to do something, then you are doing it wrong.As you read these tips, go to Adobe Illustrator and do all the described steps there. So you will quickly understand and memorize them.