Can't the compost pile work faster? Sure. Shred the leaves really fine. Add old manure, water it, cover it and turn it every day. Le me rephrase the question … Can it work faster without me working harder? Let me rephrase the answer: no.
I need a science fair project that proves a point. Here. Rake these leaves into a pile. Water them and watch them turn into natural compost. Wow! Perfect! How long do I watch? Only a few months. The science fair's next Thursday. Proving that planning ahead is a good idea.