Originally Posted by dan330
You can do 2 things..
Get an app widget.. To instant lock.
Change settings so it looks instantly when you put into sleep mode
Home.. Menu... Settings... Security.. Lockscreen
Thanks, Dan! The best option for me is an application widget. With your guidance, I found Screen Lock Widget and Lock Screen Widget. Both work the same way and work well. I thought this functionality might be built-in but since it isn't, a free application will certainly suffice.