As I've developed my producing skills this semester, I've realized how essential it is to be organized. There are so many different elements going on throughout the day, it almost seems impossible to keep track of all the little details at times. One missing graphic or improperly exported video can have disastrous consequences for the entire newscast. As a producer, it's your responsibility to make sure all these elements are done correctly and the only way to do that is by staying organized.
I've struggled with organization at times. There are so many people and individual projects that need your attention as a producer that I would forget to check on certain things. I'm hoping to improve this by creating an organized list of completed and incomplete tasks as I go through my producing shift. What's not completed yet? What needs to be assigned? Who hasn't checked in for a while? Taking five minutes to write this down a few times will help structure a normally chaotic work day. This can be applied to a profession outside the newsroom as well. Setting aside a few minutes to organize your day in any profession can save time in the long run. It's an easy way to make sure you're not forgetting anything that needs to get done.