On "all" of myVFR landings I set up parameters for helping make the landing a success just as if I was following an approach plate on an IFR landing. On down wind, base, and final I have written down on my knee board what the altitude and air speed is to be at that point in time under the current conditions. This is important because of my home airfield KGOO on the later part of the down wind and most of the base to runway 25 there is no visual contact with the runway. Adding the complexity of mountains and very tall trees near or adjacent to your flight path makes it even more important that you have a planned approach pattern. This takes the guess work out of the approach especially if you run into some unexpected weather conditions when returning home.