Shouldn't this be in the Producers forum?
If we're talking about a speedier workflow, then obviously learning your DAW inside out, all the keyboard shortcuts that you use the most is a good start.
Perhaps taking the time to set up a couple of templates for yourself could help you get ideas out quickly.
I watch a fair few other producers on YouTube to see how they work, what techniques they are using etc. and one of my favorites is 'Disclosure'
What struck me the most was how fast Guy Lawrence can get ideas out into new tracks. Most of that is due to his template he has set up for himself. It's over 80 channels worth of various drum kits, his favorite synths, premade vocal chains, external synth channels, Ableton rewire, white noise/vinyl crackle samples and some sidechain options. This means he and Howard can get ideas out very quickly with these placeholders, before refining everything later.
Watch from around the 40 min mark and see how much of the track they get done in the next hour. It's absolute madness how good the track sounds in so little time and most of that is due to having everything set up in such a way that they can get ideas down very quickly.
My own blank template is much more modest (Click for bigger):
A Loopcloud channel, Sidechain controller, a blank audio track for dragging samples/acapellas on, the Kick channel has a Drum rack with around 10 kicks I really like, a bass buss with a couple of different sub patches and a basic pluck mid bass followed by a selection of basic synths, pads and piano. I've also set up a few different return channels with various reverbs with long and short decay settings and a drum room reverb.
Everything in there has been volume balanced and gain staged (roughly).
Most of it is place holder, basic sounds that I can replace later, but this allows me to get ideas out very quickly without having to fiddle around setting everything up.