I use single-key shortcuts to select and navigate between paragraphs:
map global normal '<minus>' '[p' map global normal '=' '<a-a>p' map global normal '<plus>' '}p'
- selects to paragraph begin, and
= selects the surrounding (or next) paragraph.
<s-=> extends to the next paragraph.
I find these mappings much easier and faster to use than the default ones. For example, selecting 4 paragraphs can be done with
=+++, and reordering a paragraph with the next one can be done with