By Keith Shields

We all have an extra ten minutes throughout the day: waiting on the train, during our morning commute, surfing the web, taking a walk through the park, waiting for your friends to get ready.

You’d be surprised at how productive you can be in just a 10-minute timeframe. Here are 10 things you can do as a freelance web developer or designer with your 10 minutes:

1. Research

Take a little time to look into current market and design trends. Look at your competition, and see what they do good and what you can do better. Read an article or blogpost about what’s new in the world and take notes when you can.

Think about your own personal vision and how you can incorporate market and design trends into what you do without losing your personal flair. Might we suggest some fun reading material to get you thinking?

2. To-Do Lists

Write up a to-do list by hand. Crossing off an item is one of the most refreshing feelings in the world. Rank it by priority, project size, due date, whatever. Better yet, write out a todo list and accompany it with a set of goals you have, for the week, month, several months, years. Figure out what you hope to gain or do in the future, and make sure what you’re doing reflects that.

If you want to be the best designer this side of the Mississippi, and you notice everything on your todo list is blog-writing, then something’s up and you need to reevaluate.

3. Sketch/Journal

Bring a sketchbook or journal with you wherever you go. When you get a bout of inspiration, take a few minutes to jot it down in your journal. Brainstorm ideas for projects or things you might want to do.

You’ll never know what ideas come to you in the moment, and it’s important to capture those feelings and thoughts so you don’t forget them. Pay attention to the small details around you.

4. Pictures

Use the time you have to take pictures of the things around you, either for Instagram, your own memories, moodboards, or for inspiration.

If you see a shirt with an awesome design, then snap a pic for the memory book and later inspiration. If you see a logo on a car while shopping, then make it last.

5. Rebranding (Others)

It can be a strong exercise to look up companies you love with websites you hate, and start drawing up ideas for how you’d redesign it. You can work on it little by little every day.

It may not make you money right away, but you can add it to your portfolio or, hey, you could even submit it to the website and see if they’d be interested in a redesign!

Facebook OS X Redesign by Lorenzo Bocchi

6. Update Your CV/Resume/Portfolio

Make sure your CV/resume is up-to-date with all of the projects you’ve been working on and the skills that you’ve gained. …read more

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