Remember: BIM is about the smarter use and flow of information.
While the standards for BIM help everyone operate at the same level, they shouldn’t restrict how you can benefit from the smarter use of data.
Equally, if you are not on an official BIM project, don’t let that limit your use of digital tools and data. If you think that collecting data about products, issues on site, workflows or commissioning information using a mobile phone or tablet to share with colleague is helpful, then do it. It might be the stepping stone you need to fully adopting BIM.