A big thank you to the blog Lightroom Zen who wrote this post that has sped up my Lightroom workflow massively…
If you use Lightroom please look into it!
Basically, by using Smart Previews for Raw photos, instead of the normal previews, the whole program speeds up seriously. It’s a bit of a workaround as you have to import, create the smart previews and force Lightroom to use the Smart Previews by re-naming the folder that stores the photos in while you edit, but you can rename it when you are done and the process of rendering the next photo is lightning fast in comparison.
I used to have to wait between each shot I edited and when you are editing 100s of photos it seriously slowed me down so check out this link above!