The dashboard gives you immediate access to items that are the most important for you to see. Start by looking at upcoming events that you have for the week. Then you can quickly see any new messages in the system that might need your review.
The dashboard also allows you to quickly access items that you have starred. Your starred items can easily be identified throughout JForce by the orange star icon. Clicking on the star toggles whether or not the corresponding item is starred by you.
Bottom Line: The dashboard shows you everything you need to know about!