I'm not an expert, but I am preparing to start my second batch of mead and have been reading up on best practices for mead.
It seems to me that you can make mead the easy way or the fast way. The easy way of mead making requires more time. The fast way is more labor intensive. If you haven't, you should read up on JAOM and BOMM.
FWIW, my mead that I'm going to start today will use the curt stock method that uses staggered nutrient additions.