This is the process I use for absent students. I started using this because I moved classrooms and found that it was hard for me to remember what had happened the previous class period let alone the previous day!
I put the first page on the front of a binder with a clear cover. Then, I separated each class by the hour. I took the binder with me to each class. Now that I'm in the same classroom, I just leave the binder at the front of the room and the students know that they need to check the Absent Binder first thing every time they're absent.
Variations: Assign a student to be in charge of absent work. This student will request an extra copy of each assignment, notes, etc. and write the student's name, date, notes, etc. on it, and put it in the absent binder. It works out super well!