YOUR BEST WORK FORWARD
  • Providing outcomes that represent the best efforts for the task at hand
  • Going the extra mile to deliver completed assignments to co-workers and customers
  • Refusing to be satisfied with incomplete or inferior work

COMMENTARY:
How good is your typing? A lot of people can type fast – like, 100 words per minute fast. I’m not that fast, but I do use all 10 fingers when I type, and on a good day (or in a time-crunch) I may get up around 60 wpm. The problem for me is, when I do get up there in speed I tend to make a few more errors than if I’m dialed down to, say, 35 words per minute (like I was when I typed this sentence.)

I find that when I ramp up my speed I’m hitting the backspace key too often and then I’m having to type the words that I just sped through all over again. Maybe typing an additional 15 wpm doesn’t really help if my thoughts are sidetracked with each error, and I have to keep doubling back. However, if you can type 100 wpm without error then you can buy yourself valuable time* putting your best work forward.
 
Providing quality work is often not easy. It can take extra time, energy, concentration, or even extra effort to learn a new task to help you do the work correctly and completely. It can be embarrassing if a client, boss, or even a peer is provided with what you considered completed work and it turns out to be insufficient, or does not provide the outcome they expected from you. However, it can be very satisfying to provide someone with what they wanted, when they wanted, in a manner that effectively communicated what you needed to communicate to them, or provided them with an outcome that they are pleased with.
 
The premise of the GuideMark Your Best Work Forward is focused on making whatever effort you must so you get that feeling of satisfaction about the work you provide. Having the right attitude - not settling for less, striving for excellence, and giving maximum effort – are essential to doing your best work. Then, doing the things you need to do – concentrate, take a little extra time, ask for some help if you need it, and finishing when it’s done not when you want it to be done – to make sure you deliver quality results.
 
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*Time is the secret weapon of this GuideMark. Making adequate time available will increase your odds exponentially when trying to put Your Best Work Forward. Giving yourself time can allow you to:
  • Concentrate more effectively
  • Obtain valuable feedback before submitting the work
  • Allow you to make needed changes
  • Think of more/better options and solutions
  • Meet deadlines and/or give others the gift of time
Since the assignment to write this piece was important to me I didn’t try and type it as fast as I could, or just try to throw something together to simply accomplish a task and meet a deadline. I went back and took things out and added things in that I thought made it more effective, all to try to make it more meaningful, and (hopefully) helpful, to you. I’m feeling satisfied that I’ve accomplished that.
 
Here are some practical tips for improving the quality of your work.
 
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Key Words and Phrases

Excellence; Greatest degree of good; Maximum effort; Highest quality service; Do your best; Top performance; Finest; Complete, lacking in nothing.

Opposite Terms

Lacking; Incomplete; Unprepared; Shoddy.

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