Are You Using Your Gap Time Wisely?


We recently shared a blog post on why we strongly believe that keeping a work journal can help you be successful and productive at work. It’s something we can all easily do and takes up very little time if done regularly.

The benefits of journaling your daily accomplishments and seeing your day to day progress over time is a great motivator and, it makes you feel good about your work-life.  Visible and meaningful reflection on what you achieved is important. When you have a good record of your progress in one place, sharing it with your manager or team regularly provides even greater opportunities for you to shine and get recognized for your work!  So, you may ask: ‘When do I take time out of my busy day to write down these valuable reflections?!

Being mobile and connected can actually help you grow and succeed at work!

Fear not, even during the most busy days, you’ll be surprised how little time it takes to write a small entry and how many opportunities there are to do this in your fast-paced day! Capturing these important moments and reflections as they happen, in real-time, and on-the-go is so much easier and convenient to do on mobile devices and smartphones, than on untraceable pieces of paper or lost emails. (Try out TalentCove’s app to help you track and share your progress and get recognition and feedback!)

Let’s face it, we all have our phones with us at work, so why not make good use of them?  (Seventy-nine percent of 18-44 year olds have smartphones with them 22 hours a day!) The reality is that there are many times during the workday when we have some sort of downtime or ‘gap’ time.  Why not use this gap time effectively to jot down your daily accomplishments so you’ll have access to all this information at your fingertips when having 1:1 discussions with your managers?

Don’t waste time slicing and dicing fruit ninja or updating your Facebook status! Use it instead to capture great things you’re doing at work and impress your boss and team instead of your friends!

Here are some good ‘gap’ times you can take advantage of to quickly log your accomplishments each day.  

Do it on your smartphone, on-the-go or anytime while…

  • Waiting for a meeting to start or between meetings

  • Standing in line, while waiting to get your caffeine fix!

  • On the train ride at the end of your work day

  • Going up 50 stories in an elevator

  • Watching your pasta boil for dinner

  • In line at the airport or boarding gate

  • Waiting for your number to be called at the DMV

  • In the bathroom (from a health safety standard, we don’t condone this, but believe it or not, a whopping 75 percent of Americans bring their phones to the bathroom!)

Use your time effectively to get the recognition and success you deserve.

On average, Americans spend 2.7 hours each day socializing on their mobile devices, so why not use some part of that time to improve and invest in your personal development at work?

If you were to spend 5-10 minutes a week to jot down your best moments at work, and share them with the people who matter there, imagine the impact you’d make!  You could ask a manager for feedback on your recent sales pitch. Play one less online game, and add one thing you did well at work that day instead! (People use their mobile phones to play games 61% of the time).  Did you know that 86% of mobile users are using their devices while watching TV? Now surely you can take a few seconds each day to ensure you shared an important accomplishment with your colleague or manager while that ad was being skipped on your DVR!

Similarly, ‘me’ time (time we use to entertain ourselves on our phones eg. watching a funny vdo, playing solitaire, window shopping) is another good source of gap time. According to an post on how people really use mobile, we spend 46% of our month on ‘me time’ – which is about 864 average minutes per month, per user!  Shouldn’t some of this time be used towards your own development and success at work?

Think about it.  That’s a lot of gap time…

-Aisha Piracha

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