The most helpful tip I read after deciding to use Vim exclusively was initially a massive PITA. Disable the arrow keys. If you really do want to learn Vim properly, do this.
Throw off the chains of “convenience” by adding the following to your
Using the arrow keys in Vim is a crutch that will hold you back. Not being able to employ them to derp around your files will force you to learn some of Vim’s movement commands, like
w (forward one word) and
b (back one word). Movement commands make up a large part of Vim’s grammar. Try to incorporate at least one new movement command into your common use every few days.
There are many lists of these commands. Here is a good one: Vim movement commands.