I'm a dab hand with an iron, even if I do say it myself. Can iron one of DH's shirts faster than it takes my Tefal steam station to heat up... ;) I actually like ironing - have always loved that feeling of taking something 'messy' and making it better. But even I (the perpetual optimist) can sometimes get bogged down when faced with a pile of DH white office shirts. This is my ritual:
a) do the ironing first thing in the morning (best way to 'swallow your frog')
b) set my timer for 15 minutes (thanks to the Flylady for this mantra, http://www.flylady.net/)
c) turn up the iron as hot as the fabric allows
d) only iron surfaces once (if the iron is hot enough, you shouldn't need to go over things again and again...)
e) imagine that the shirts belong to Jason Statham (he of "Transport 1, 2 and 3" fame)
and -- if it's a really bad morning --
f) imagine that Jason himself is coming to collect them.