I'm confused about the name of one list in my to-do lists. In this list, I want to include important things that belong to quite different categories and happen irregularly or only once. For example, I may go to the supermarket this Saturday or Sunday, depending on when the rain stops. Also, I have to buy the laboratory a new table before the end of this semester. These things are not trivial and must be done sometime. But I'm not sure when I will do them, so I want to list them together and give them a name to remind myself. Are there any words or short phrases that fit them? Thanks!

  • Just name them errands and call it a day. That's what I do.
    – RegDwigнt
    Oct 16, 2018 at 18:47

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Call it Misc, short for miscellaneous, and meaning "unrelated collection".

consisting of various kinds of people or thingsmacmillandictionary

consisting of diverse things or membersmerriam-webster

of various types or from different sourcesoxforddictionaries

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    Hi Martin. This is a promising start, but it's not complete. On EL&U we're looking for answers that are detailed and definitive. Can you add some value to your post, for example with a linked dictionary definition? The system has flagged your post as "low-quality because of its length and content", so without extra detail it's at risk of deletion. For further guidance, see How to Answer. Oct 16, 2018 at 6:44

I often hear these sorts of things referred to as "one-off tasks."

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    – bookmanu
    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:14

You can place them under the title "When convenient/opportune/possible", or "At earliest convenience/opportunity/possibility"

Or how about make your own acronym? ASAC (As soon as convenient). Actually I did a search and it's not entirely original:

  • The OP says the items are "important" and "non trivial" and yet you've decided they're "of secondary importance" or of a minor nature.
    – Martin F
    Oct 16, 2018 at 17:52
  • @MartinF That's a good point. Time or deadline requirements, although often related to importance, are two different things. I'll delete those parts of my answer. Thank you.
    – Zebrafish
    Oct 16, 2018 at 18:09

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