A short path is to develop at least a sufficient amount of concentration that prevents too many spelling errors when asking a question.
The shortest path is to view all external sense objects as "elements" ("dhatu"). In other words, to view there are no "beings" externally. SN 5.10 says Mara has the false view of "beings" ("satta").
Ajahn Buddhadasa answered this question directly for "elements" ("dhatu") or ("aggregates") "kaya" intelligent enough to be "university students":
13) Now I am going to talk about the Path. Suppose you are asked,
“Which way of practice constitutes walking the ordinary path and which
the shortest and quickest path?”
The Buddha has taught a short cut as well. He said that when we do not
grasp at the six sense organs (āyatanas) and the things associated
with them as being self-entities, then the Noble Eightfold Path will
simultaneously arise of its own accord in all of its eight aspects.
This is a most important and fundamental principle of Dhamma.
Buddha Dhamma For University Students
Puthujjana obsessed with ideas of saving "beings" are on the longest path called "Mahayana".