Decorate your whiteboard at the same time as keeping your priorities in check in your classroom! Th students will always know what they need to accomplish when they walk in and read what they "must do". They will see their "may do" option and know what they can earn if they get through what is the first priority. Then, have the homework labeled clearly on the board. All of your important things are right next to each other! Create magnets by hot gluing these signs onto magnets.
***Edited 1/6/13 to add an "objectives" poster/printable as well! :)
***Edited 8/5/13 to add a whole new "look" to this document! (along with blanks for those who need to write in a few more titles)