I’m looking for a more professional term or phrase to describe “day to day task” or a task that is very common for a particular role of work.

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    What do you find "unprofessional" about your current selection? I cannot see it.
    – tchrist
    Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 3:10
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    "Daily" or "Regular" task is what we use at my job.
    – Nicole
    Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 3:28
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    The Latin term for "day-to-day" or "everyday" in this usage is quotidian. Being Latin, it falutes higher. Commented May 24, 2023 at 19:49

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How about routine tasks?

Routine: commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity:


From Thesaurus.com (scroll down a little):

day-to-day [ dey-tuh-dey ]
Main Entry: daily
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: occurring every day; during the day

Synonyms: circadian, common, commonplace, constantly, cyclic, day after day, day by day, day-to-day, diurnal, everyday, from day to day, often, once a day, once daily, ordinary, per diem, periodic, quotidian, regular, regularly, routine

Of the synonyms listed above, circadian, diurnal and quotidian are more formal, being Latinate; these are less likely to be understood in casual speech or non-academic writing.


Business as usual, often abbreviated as BAU.

Quoting from an article about the term on the job site indeed.com:

Business as usual refers broadly to any situation where everything is proceeding as normal and as expected. In a business context, a BAU process is any element of day-to-day operations that are largely the same day after day.

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