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How To Be More Productive And Have a Happier Life In 5 Easy Steps - Redux

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how you can improve your productivity and happiness by breaking up with your phone and being more mindful with how you use social networks. You’re welcome to read the original article that’ll put this one into better context if you haven’t already.

Since then I’ve been able to test other small tricks that have helped me have a healthier relationship with my phone and a better one with myself and those around me.

Image of a smartphone with a lock screen wallpaper displaying the message 'Are you sure?'
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Exploring Vim: Setting Up Your Vim To Be More Awesome At Vim, Or... The Very Basic Things You Need to Know About Configuring Vim

Before we proceed in our journey to vim awesomeness I thought it would be nice to get something out of the way as soon as possible so we don’t need to wedge it in uncomfortably in passing on every single one of the future articles in this series: How to setup, configure vim and keep it tidy, sharp and strong like a well oiled blade.

This is not going to be a thorough reference on how to configure vim but a swift, short and sweet guide to get you up to speed within minutes and on your way to learning and using vim more effectively.

A witcher never ever forgets to take care of his blade

Wallpaper from thewitcher.com plus a quote from the heartwarming reunion of Ciri and Geralt. Sorry I've just finished the Witcher 3, couldn't stop myself :D

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Exploring Vim

Since I became a programmer I’ve been quite fixated with the idea of making more with less. From how to live a fulfilling, purposeful and thoughtful life to how to refactor this line of code in the most efficient way possible. In the ambit of coding, I’ve been obsessed with learning new skills and tools that can unlock and unleash unlimited power and enable me to achieve more with every keystroke and with every hour I invest into developing something.

One of such tools is vim. Vim is a text editor whose centric keyboard design, modal philosophy, and command composable nature, promises unlimited productivity and masterful text editing to those who dare confront its steep learning curve and survive to tell the tale.

It’s been 5 years since I decided to bite the bullet and learn to vim. It was tough, particularly because I wasn’t a touch typist, but I managed to learn and glean some of the power promised on the other side. However, I never made a complete jump to vim. Instead, I stayed within the cozier confines of Visual Studio, Atom, and lately Visual Studio Code using a vim layer (most editors have a vim mode that supports vim to a higher or lesser degree). Vim would remain my second editor, mostly used for hobby projects or writing. So I never got to get really good at vim. Don’t get me wrong, learning to be comfortable with the basic commands and motions helped me be more proficient in writing and editing code. Even better, it resulted in a thinner interface between my brain and the keyboard which allows me to put my thoughts into code that much easier.

Nonetheless, I’ve always felt a slight pang of remorse about not going the full way, a nagging feeling that emulated vim within the confines of another editor can’t be as good as the real thing, a feeling that I must be missing out on something.

So here we are! Today, I pledge to re-take my quest of text editing enlightenment, tread the treacherous paths of learning vim and arrive to the holy shrine of coding awesomeness. Care to join?

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Opening The Wikis!!

When you come into my blog and you read an article, then go on and browse the archives or read yet another article you’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg (or perhaps half of the iceberg?). Wait! What!? Is there more??

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