A Priority Requires Focus

By Kevin Casey

You do not hear the word “priority” used very often these days.  Nowadays, you hear the term “priorities”, as in more than one priority.

Having multiple priorities waters down the meaning of the word “priority” and causes us to lose much-needed focus in today’s fast-paced world.

In business, professional plate spinning and juggling is often required for success, but this can often come at the cost of not doing things with excellence.

Being an individual and company that preaches excellence, I need to continually remind myself of what our TOP priority is.

In the book 4 Disciplines of Execution, the exercise of defining your WIG (Wildly Important Goal) is encouraged.

This means taking the time to define what is the single most important thing you can do as a company to achieve the greatest chances of success.

What we found in our company is that our WIG was interwoven within each of our departments.

As a result, we needed to focus our priority throughout our organization and track our success to keep it at the top of our minds in all our efforts.

It also meant we needed to say no to some initiatives as they didn’t truly support our top priority.

Defining your priority doesn’t mean you have no other important initiatives, but it does mean you have a clarity of thought that enables you not to sacrifice your WIG for far less important initiatives.  

For 2021 take time to consider what is your TOP priority. This could be new sales, improving customer service, lowering COG, educating customers on your services offered, defining your unique selling proposition, training, etc.

Identifying, clarifying, and making this your top PRIORITY is the key to your success.

2021 has come and COVID-19 is still with us. In times of business threat, we need to declutter our mind and operations from distractions and focus on our top PRIORITY.

A few things to remember in this exercise: 

  1. Take your time to think through what is the one thing you could focus on that would have the greatest impact on your organization? Your WIG – Wildly Important Goal. 
  2. Get buy-in from within your organization and your key leaders. 
  3. Benchmark where you are at and track the improvements. 
  4. Remember when distractions come, that NO is a complete sentence. 
  5. In saying YES to something you may be saying NO to something else. Make sure you are saying YES to your PRIORITY and NO to distractions. 

How to Care for your Marble Floors

Seal Your Marble When Needed. You may have read about applying a marble & granite sealer and all the “hassle” it is, but I assure you it’s not such a big deal once you know what you are doing.

The job is fairly simple to perform. The time and cost involved is really inconsequential when compared to how fabulous marble countertops and floors look in your home — not to mention the added value when compared with other surfaces.

Blot up spills immediately. Marble is much more sensitive than granite to acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, sodas, toiletry products and cleaning products that can etch(dull) the surface finish and lead to marble stains.

Clean surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth. The only cleaning agents you should use on a regular basis are hot water and a specially formulated stone cleaner.

Use coasters under all glasses, bottles and cans. Bottles, cans and glasses that contain acidic drinks may etch the polish or damage the surface.

So make marble cleaning easy and avoid expensive marble polishing and marble restoration by treating your marble tops like fine wood furniture. Always use coasters …no matter what.

Use a tray for toiletry products in the bathroom. A decorative tray can look very nice and it will protect the surface from the damaging chemicals contained in many toiletry products.

Dust mop your marble floor tile regularly. Use a clean, dry, non-treated dust-mop. Be careful using a vacuum cleaner. Worn parts or grit jammed by the wheels may scratch the surface. Also, mop regularly using a specialized stone cleaner.  

Tip: Marble Polishing on floor tile makes a very slick surface when wet, so go with a “honed,” “tumbled” or “sawed” floor tile especially in the bathroom. It will look warm and inviting and hide dust, dirt and stains very well.

Use doormats inside and out along with runners and area rugs. Grit, dirt and sand carried in by our shoes are abrasive and will wear and scratch marble floor tile.

Do Not use generic, store-bought cleaning products of ANY kind. Cleaning marble with products bought at your local store that contain acids, alkalis and other chemicals can etch or damage the countertop surface or degrade the sealant leaving the stone more vulnerable to staining. Unfortunately, most common, popular and name-brand cleaners will damage marble.

Do Not use vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange for cleaning marble. As noted above, a sponge with hot water is all you need on a daily basis and a stone cleaner weekly.

Do not use bathroom, tub & tile or grout cleaners. The powders and even the “soft” creams contain abrasives that will scratch and dull the surface.

Do Not sit or stand on your countertops. Unlike laminate countertops, marble countertops are not flexible and they don’t typically have a plywood backing, so too much weight in one spot could cause a crack.

QJS technicians are certified by the IICRC and can professionally clean your marble surfaces