How to Create a Weekly, Monthly or Daily To-Do List for Your Goals

Posted on 5 March, 2018 by Fadwa A.Soliman in Personal Development

How to Create a Weekly, Monthly or Daily To-Do List for Your Goals

Now, you have a very specific set of short-term goals that you are going to do your very best to achieve during the first year. But what about knowing what to do and how to follow through each month or week? What about your daily activities? Can you really break it down so far that you know what to do each day in order to achieve your goals? In many cases, yes. Let’s take one of your short-term goals and look at what kind of things you can do to break it down further.

Breaking Down Your Plan

Let’s stick with the credit score goals for this example.

You have four short-term credit goals that the first year, so that you’ll be on track to reach your long-term goal after five years.




  1. Pay off 5 closed collection accounts and request removal.
  2. Don’t allow any more accounts to become overdue.
  3. Bring 5 overdue accounts to current.
  4. Raise score by at least 25 points during that first year.

Depending upon the specific short-term goals that you are trying to achieve, you’ll want to choose whether to break it down to daily, weekly or monthly. If there are specific things that you can do each day (or at least several times a week) you should break it down into a daily to-do list.

For example, if you are learning a new language or working out, you’ll want to break it down into daily tasks. If the tasks are larger chunks than you can complete in a day, you can break it down into monthly or weekly.

In this case, the weekly format would be optimal for these short-term goals. Let’s break down the year into tasks that you can complete each week. You can use each week to either create a task that you can do and check off or to create a milestone that you can strive for to make sure that you are on track to complete the short-term goal by the end of the year.

Weekly Goals (1 through 52 of Year One)

Week One: Total up the entire amount you’ll need to pay over the next 52 weeks in order to reach your goals.

Week Two: Adjust your budget so that you have the funds to pay these debts.

Week Three: Examine each closed, collection account in detail and try to find any reason to dispute the account (disputed accounts often get removed from your report if the creditor cannot prove that your claim is invalid)

Week Four: Dispute any of the closed accounts in collections that you are legally able to

Week Five: Look at the date of the last activity and determine if any of these accounts will drop off on their own (Once a creditor stops reporting on an account, it will drop off your report on its own seven years from the date of the last activity)

Week Six: Open a separate savings account for you to put the money you are going to use to pay off these accounts. Ignore any accounts you have successfully disputed or that will fall off on their own in the next five years.

Week Seven: Begin saving money each paycheck so that you have the funds in savings at the end of the year to pay off these accounts.

I won’t list an entire year’s worth of tasks because this is just an example. But you can see that by making these weekly task lists, and following them, by the end of the year, you will have completed your yearly (short-term) goals.

So, in summary, we have discussed the following:

  1. How to determine what your true desires are.
  2. How to turn those desires into S.M.A.R.T. long-term goals.
  3. How to break those long-term goals into short-term (yearly)
  4. How to break those yearly goals down into bite-sized chunks that you can do daily, weekly or monthly.

In the upcoming post series, I’ll go over how you can keep track of your progress to maintain your motivation so that you’ll continue to follow through, and how to deal with all of the obstacles that are going to prevent you from following through if you aren’t practicing constant vigilance and making a plan in advance to combat them.

Check out the series from the beginning

1- How to Clearly Define Your Desires

2- How to Conquer Your Fears & Discover Yourself

3- Setting Long-Term Goals You Can Achieve.

4- Setting Short-Term Goals That Will Motivate You.