As I have mentioned several times before, my planner is always changing and evolving and I like it in every stage. Coming in only second to my Weekly Pages, my dashboard is my most used planner section.
A dashboard is different things for different people but most all would agree that a dashbaord is a landing place. Some planners put a favorite picture that has been laminated in the front of their planner and call it a (non-functional) dashboard. A lot of planners have a dashboard of Post-It notes and stickers while others, such as myself, just have several sheets of notepaper for a dashboard. As a a self-declared "functional planner", this is what works best for me
Currently I am using graph paper to jot down my notes and really enjoy the lines, rows and columns. What do I write on my dashboard? Everything!!
Take a closer look at my dash. As a transplant patient, I juggle a number of medications. I had to call the pharmacy on 11/3 with some questions and jotted down my thoughts before calling - this helps me stay focused with my questions and not get flustered & distracted. I make a detailed grocery list before shopping but when I see we are out of something during the week, I jot it down in the corner of my dashboard.
When I am in a hurry I will sometimes jot a date or event that needs to go on my weekly or monthly calendar; but always come back to m ash to enter it where it belongs. It is treated somewhat as a to-do list and I use a highlighter to mark through things as they are taken care of or no longer needed. when it is full, I take it out of the binder, flip it and use the other side.
I have even been known to draw a rough graphic of a printable that I want to create so I won't forget it later. Generally, I don't have my notes in my planner but in the event it is something I want to keep or need for later, I will file it in either my current "projects" file or my archived "files" (A-Z files).
What does your dashboard look like?