Yes, the shortcut way is to have 3 people. Remove the freedom panels, unhook the wiring and washer hose, unbolt the 8 bolts. Go inside and make sure the spring assist retaining straps are hooked up, without them you'll release the springs which is a huge pain to get back straight afterwards. They are small staps so a snap on one end, and a loop on the other. The loop end goes over a hook on the soft top bracket at the roll bar. After getting the straps hooked, remove the 4 bolts that you can see from looking inside the rear doors. They face towards the front of the Jeep. Once the bolts are in removed, slide the bracket up to disengage the T shaped part from the roll bar brackets. Be ready for the spring assist to snatch tight against the strap I mentioned before. Now have 2 people, one on each side lift the top up, and have the 3 rd person slide the soft top out the back. Then you can set the hard top back down and reattach it.
If you have a garage, getting a hoist is definitely a good idea. I have the harken Hoist and works great, makes changing tops a snap.