The freeform path isn’t for everyone. If you want to expedite the process, you may want to consider using a more formal starting method. Neither freeform nor formally-started locks are better than the other. If you want to speed things up but still have a wild, carefree look, you can lightly tease sections into your hair to give it a head start then freeform from there. The teasing will help speed things up a bit, but it won’t force your locks to be so neat.
However, if you have your heart set on free forming for any given reason, then patience is the only thing that will get you through it!