Used in my science classroom, but it could used for other subject areas as well with a little editing. I write down everything that I have done for the day and then place it in my absent binder. Students know to go to that binder and find the day's work that they are missing. Really helps me out when I do not have time to catch a student up with their missing work.
Also, after a month has gone by, I empty out my absent binder and place these sheets in a yearly plans binder. This way I can use the sheets to see what I did the year before and if I am keeping on track.