When letting bread dough rise, put it in the microwave. There you don't have to worry about any drafts, if it is too hot/cold, etc. Don't turn the microwave on but let it sit in there and do its thing.
Genius right? You wouldn't think something as simple as putting your dough in a controlled area would make that much difference but it does! Because there isn't anything interfering with the process the dough should be ready to go sooner. I'll do anything that gets me fresh homemade bread quicker!
I'd love to hear some of your tips and tricks to baking or cooking you've picked up.