Okay, now that you've seen how I do my lesson plans you may be screaming... "WAIT! Don't you have to submit your lesson plans at the end of the year? How can you get away with such treachery? " Relax, you should know by now that I devised a time saving method for that too. I just print out my monthly google calendar for the school year, my pacing guide (often county provided and includes standards and all the technical info that I follow), and I take a picture of my agenda board daily. I do the last part by using an app called CamScanner (Android, Apple, Ipad), a mobile scanning app that instantly scans all pictures, documents, bulletin boards, etc into a shareable PDF that I can print at the end of the year. With all 3 of those items I can submit an abundance of evidence of what my students were doing each day, with connected standards learning intentions, and differentiation strategies and it has never been a problem.
Of course if a specific principal (my 1st principal) requires a set lesson plan format I do my job and do it their way. Also, since I am a military wife and have had to "start over" a few times, I am a now a pro at new teacher training programs. Those valuable programs (seriously they are great, just not for the 3rd time in 5 years) often come with a coach of some sort that requires sit downs with documentation, often in the form of lesson plans and observations, to mentor you in the classroom. In these cases I also oblige and give them what they need from me, but you better believe that my google calendar planner is still up to date and on point! :)