A friend asked about ironing shirts faster. I don't know that my way is the best way, but it does yield an ironed dress shirt in much less than the 15 minutes my friend said it takes him. So here goes! Some general ironing tips in a note at the end, for any other readers who hate ironing and want it to be less of a chore.
First I iron the collar, flat on the board. Unbutton the collar, if it's a button down collar.
Then the two fronts of the shirt. (For the other side of the front, you'd be rotating the shirt clockwise, then, around the tip of the board.)
Here's the rotation... Don't worry about getting the shoulder tops perfect; you'll hit them again when you do the back of the shirt farther along...
Then the back of the shirt...
Rotate the shirt again, similar to how you did the fronts, to lay the back yoke flat on the board, and get the tops of the shoulders and top of sleeves.
I do the sleeves last. Lay them flat as possible, straightening the bottom hem so the crease will be neatly on the top of the arm.
I used to mess around with carefully ironing the cuff and cuff pleats, but then I saw professionally dry cleaned mens' shirts up close. They're done in a professional flat press, and the pleat is ironed however it lands in the press. So that's how I do it, too. Just press it flat.
General ironing tips for people who despise ironing:
1. For pete's sake, buy a good iron. Heavier is better. Higher wattage means it will heat quickly. Look for the best quality you can buy with the fewest bells and whistles to break. No digital do-dads, etc. Just an iron. I know, you don't want to spend money on a chore you despise. Having a good tool will make the job faster and easier. Trust me. A $15-30 iron will slow you down, not steam well, and generally make you frustrated.
2. Hang stuff up right out of the dryer even if you can't or won't iron it right away.
3. Iron in front of the TV or with music or a podcast to listen to.