How And When To Shift

Yes, there is a method that will help the shifts be smother and quicker. You the rider can help the shifting (drivetrain) work effortlessly. Any time you shift it is necessary to relieve some pedal pressure on your down stroke. Much like a clutch in a manual transmission vehicle you the rider are the clutch. As you relieve pressure from the pedals you allow the derailleurs to do there job. If continu0us  pressure is applied to pedals (cranks) the derailleur(s) are now under pressure and will struggle to move. With some practice and well adjusted derailleurs you can have a care free ride.