If someone has a tight schedule or is a little strange, for the sake of politeness, I want to say him that I am not in a rush and you can take whatever time you need to answer me.

Could you please give me some advice? Some phrases or words maybe.


  • ...send me a reply to my email at your earliest convenience.
    – Eilia
    Jun 16, 2015 at 6:13

3 Answers 3


At your earliest convenience means:

(formal) as soon as possible

and as in TFD

A suitable or agreeable time

E.g. Please let me know at your earliest convenience whether you can help me.

And some writing tips on "At Whose Earliest Convenience?"

  • +1 for highlighting the formal sense- "as soon as possible".
    – Misti
    Jun 16, 2015 at 13:26

What do you think of :

I am not in a hurry, you can reply as soon as possible. (ASAP)

  • This is an unusual use of A.S.A.P., which as far as I know, is usually used to indicate that you 'are' in a hurry but can't control the circumstances causing the delay. This may seem a little passive-aggressive as a result, despite the literal definitions and good intentions.
    – Tonepoet
    Jun 16, 2015 at 6:27
  • @Tonepoet I know but this may only is a meaning based on usage? The wiki def doesn't notice this hurry : "As soon as is possible; at one's earliest convenience; at the earliest possible time." And Eilia define her answer by using it as synonym.
    – Yohann V.
    Jun 16, 2015 at 6:41
  • If using A.S.A.P on its own, the soonest/earliest possible time would be the first moment that's available to you and none later. That's definitely a rush. It's the rest of the sentence that causes ambiguity. I think 'whenever possible' or 'as soon as you want' are probably better word choices. I'd also use 'may' instead of 'can' here.
    – Tonepoet
    Jun 16, 2015 at 7:01
  • @Tonepoet possible means possible for him to reply. I do not need to be available to receive an email. The sentence is basically stating : "When you think it is possible, do it"
    – Yohann V.
    Jun 16, 2015 at 7:06

Just say politely something like "I don't need this right away, but I would appreciate it whenever you can get to it," or some such. There is no particular set phrase. Just explain the situation as clearly and politely as possible.

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