View the water soaking as "hydrating the cutting" (think placing cut flowers in a vase of water).
I use a propagation tray with water to about 1/2" from the top (gallon or so). To hold the cuttings I use an upside down rooting cube tray (10 x 5 = 50 spots) placed in the water--modified as follows: remove one row (length-wise) and one row (width-wise), now you have 36 spots (9 x 4). With the cube tray upside down submerged in the water, the small holes hold the cuttings upright, keeping the leaf tissue dry. I shine a CFL lamp on it 24/7 and I do trim the leaf and make the final 45 degree cut before the water soak.
Time between snip from and transplant to soil in 16 oz cup (48 hour water soak + days in root cube under humidity dome) is about 14 days...sometimes 12, and sometimes 16-18. If I get backed up/busy/no room, I have been known to extend the water soak to week plus (no reason to change the water) and full 3 weeks in root cubes. I would not advise doing both again...I had cuttings with giant roots and cried when I broke a few root shoots...lol, they "outgrew" the tiny 2" netting cups.
Do an experiment...about 2 days before you do clone--snip some for the water soak thing, then run a side-by-side clones.
Since I nip/cut each leaf before water soaking...every leaf that is missing a nip/cut I know grew during the water soak. I have seen as many as 3 new leaf sets (8 day water soak)--and even had new root shoots while soaking under water.
Zero mushy stems, zero rot or bacteria issues (probably from the chlorine in my tap water), and no limpy/leaning cuttings--seems the water makes them stand up at attention.