I'm a big fan of speeding up every part of your development. If you shave off seconds here and there multiple times a day, you'll save a ton of time over the course of a year.

This involves using the keyboard as often as possible and reaching for the mouse as little as possible. It's a goal of mine to do an entire day without touching the mouse. Still haven't gotten there.

Learning vim is a big part to being productive in your editor. Even putting vim in your browser with Vimium helps a ton.

Snippets are another way to save time on development. Simple React Snippets for VS Code by Burke Holland is a great way to speed up development.

Here's imrc expanded to import React, { Component } from 'react';

The Extension

Simple React Snippets can be found in the VS Code Extension Marketplace: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=burkeholland.simple-react-snippets

A Quick Example

Whenever starting a new React file, I'll use the imr or imrc snippets.

  • imr -> import React from 'react'
  • imrc -> import React, { Component } from 'react'

The Snippets

After installing the VS Code Extension (may have to restart VS Code?), you can use the snippets by typing the shortcut and hitting Tab or Enter.

Here are the ones I think that are most helpful when starting new files:

imr - Import React

import React from 'react';

imrc - Import React and Component

import React, { Component } from 'react';

cc - Make a Class Component and export

class | extends Component {
  state = { | },
  render() {
    return ( | );

export default |;

sfc - Make a stateless function component

const | = props => {
  return ( | );

export default |;

cdm - componentDidMount

componentDidMount() {

cdu - componentDidUpdate

componentDidUpdate(prevProps, prevState) {

ss - setState

this.setState({ | : | });

ren - render

render() {
  return (


There are a few more snippets that you can use that you can find on the official page.