What are my speedy tips for making an afghan?
Crochet over your ends as you go as much as possible.
Choose an easy to memorize pattern. Choose a pattern that is in motifs. Take it with you everywhere. On a motif, it might only take 2-3 minutes to get a round done. You can maybe get 8-10 rounds done while waiting at the Dr office or waiting for the kids to come out of school.
If it is in motifs, I do an assembly line. I'll do the first row only of 10 motifs. Then I do the second round on all 10 motifs. This helps me memorize the pattern and get into a rhythm. I do not assemble as I go generally. If you are not sure if you are the type of person who can stay with a major pattern like an afghan, it probably is good to assemble the motifs into "strips" as you go, but don't join the strips. That way, if you get bored and quit, add an edging and you have a scarf or two.
Also, you could not do strips, but keep all the finished motifs, that way you can re-configure the afghan into a lapghan or a pet blanket or Webkinz blanket if you only get a small amount done.