raise it up a level
How will this task I’ve been asked to do make the business more successful?
Sounds a bit risky to me to crack on without understanding the related goings on in the business. However good you are delivering your bit think about what might happen to scupper all your good work! A shift of priorities for example.
Spending a little time think more broadly and coming at the task top-down means you have a much richer understanding of what you’re doing in the bigger picture.
You’ll uncover a whole series of other opportunities to follow-up yourself or to pass to a grateful colleague. In addition you develop a series of new relationships with stakeholders that you can call upon going forward. At the same time you complete the task you’ve been asked to do better because of your worldly approach.
Leave some time aside to develop those ‘new’ opportunities,