• Concentrating efforts along the right priorities in an effective manner
  • Honing attention, time and energy into fulfilling specific responsibilities
  • Guarding against distractions and saying “no” to that which degrades high-quality performance

Focus involves concentrating on efforts, viewing assignments clearly, and having the right priorities. Reviewing this description as I prepared to write about Focus, I realized how much this GuideMark applies to a project I have been working on with our team.

Over the past ten years, Funds For Learning has quadrupled the number of students and library patrons that we support. As we continue to serve more communities, we must adapt and enhance the methods we use to deliver quality, professional services. The system that served us well five years ago is unlikely to be the same system we use five years from now. We need to continue to find better ways to organize our tasks and projects.

For example, given the volume of information that crosses my desk daily, it has become much harder for me to keep up with it all. I personally review and track items in E-rate Manager, Teams, Outlook, various spreadsheets and my notepad. This is doable, but if I could reduce the number of places I look, then I could manage my work more effectively.

Currently, I am leading an initiative to provide our entire organization with a single spot where we can organize tasks and see everything that is taking place. This will help our E-rate Guides better serve schools and libraries. It will give all of us a clearer understanding of what we are doing, and it will allow us to focus our efforts more effectively. And then maybe I won’t need as many notepads.
Key Words and Phrases
To concentrate attention; Emphasis; Fasten; Center; Train; To have a clear perception; To bring to focus.

Opposite Terms
Blurry; Out of focus; Without direction.
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