I'm looking for ways to say a business project is (or will be) completed ahead of schedule. Obviously, there are plenty of phrases for delayed or on-time statuses, but what are some phrases for describing those rare situations when a project is actually ready ahead of time?

This is what I've come up with so far:

  • completed sooner than expected
  • have some time to spare
  • done ahead of schedule

Are there any other ways to say that Murphy's Law didn't apply this one time, and things actually went better than expected?

  • What is wrong with the phrases you listed?
    – bib
    Aug 19, 2014 at 14:06
  • @bib Nothing is wrong with them. I'm literally searching for several ways to say the same thing. :) (and sadly, it's not my project that's on time... mine are always delayed ;) )
    – Alicja Z
    Aug 19, 2014 at 14:19

3 Answers 3


Metaphorically, the concept "ahead of schedule" can be communicated with a sense of tentative optimism:

We've enjoyed favorable winds on this project so far, and the forecast seems encouraging.


First, a human nature note.

You never know what might go haywire at the tail end of a project. So always under-promise. :-)

That said, try the following:

"Tasks are progressing under the more optimistic time estimates." "We are likely to complete the project earlier than anticipated." "Contingencies built into the project plan are likely to remain un-needed." "Fewer then expected changes and challenges have facilitated rapid progress."

  • 1
    HEH some great phrases there. "transitional time-wise negative factors have been non-appearancewise dominant!"
    – Fattie
    Aug 19, 2014 at 14:42

Focusing on what's most important to the client, I'd go with this:

"The project seems to be ahead of schedule. Though there's always the possibility of an unanticipated delay, we'll remain diligent yet optimistic."

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