First replace all the bushings. That used to be all you could do. And it wouldn't particularly help. Thank the powers of the universe for Weltmeister! They now produce an auxiliary springs kit for the 914 shifter, which actually fixes the problem. These are available through Performance Products. I highly recommend this kit, but it is truly a pain in the ass to install.
The directions say you can install this with simple hand tools. They lie. You need at the very least a drill press or you'll ruin your shift plate drilling the holes for the new springs. Installing the springs: now this is a pain and a half in and of itself. There really isn't a good way to compress the springs, force them into the gap in the plate, and run the pin in at the same time. I ended up bending a piece of sheet metal into a sort of half-tube over the top of the springs to keep them from slipping and flying up out of the shifter plate. I then used a c-clamp to compress the springs and a screwdriver to shove the ends into the plate while a helper tapped the pins in with a hammer.
Okay, yes that does sound like a whole lot of trouble, but when you get it back together and adjusted correctly its great to be able to speed shift up and down through the gears without having to be constantly worrying that you'll miss the 1st to 2nd or accidentally clip reverse coming up from 3rd. I'm pleased with the kit, I just feel it required more explicit directions and possibly a shim included for holding in the springs. It’s not as good as a direct-stick, but unless you plan on sitting on the rear trunk, nothing is going to be.
914 Shift Linkage Improvments