When asked to focus on a specific task at work, focus on it. It may be easy to get distracted or there might be other things you would rather be doing, but showing that you can focus on something your manager tells you to shows your commitment to both your manager and your job. Good leaders are effective at managing up and down, meaning managing their managers and their employees. There is usually a bigger picture in play that that you may or may not need to know. But know this, in today's tight corporate environment not focusing on specific tasks could have a bigger impact than you realize. Many companies "right-size" their companies meaning they add or subtract the number of employees needed to run their business profitably. Focusing and delivering on the specific tasks many times are designed to prevent right-sizing. Following your manager's direction shows you can put someone else's priorities above your own and that your company doesn't revolve around you. Humilty and the ability to follow direction...what a great example to set for your children and family.