July 30, 2021

25 Professional Alts For "ASAP"  &  Where To Use Them!

The term "ASAP" has become so common in the workplace, it's almost lost its meaning. With that being said, ASAP can be replaced with a number of other words or phrases that convey the same message but are much more professional. Here are 25 professional alternatives for ASAP and when to use them!

Hiring managers have been hearing the same thing from their employees for years: "I'll get that done as soon as possible!"

As you start to look for a new job, your desire to get your work done quickly might be making it seem like there is only one phrase you know how to say. After all, it is polite and quick. But when you keep telling hiring managers you will accomplish tasks, well, as soon as possible, they may start to think there is not much else you can do.

You can show hiring managers that you are more than just the "As Soon As Possible" guy (or girl) by taking some time when speaking with them or in interviews to mention other phrases you use instead of ASAP. The good news is that none of these phrases are as vague as "as soon as possible." The bad news is they do take a little more thought. But it is worth it if you want to show the hiring manager your true potential and expertise. Let us show you how it is done!

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1. "I will get that done before the end of the day."

This phrase shows that you don't expect the work to roll into tomorrow and that you are willing to be accountable for results instead of how quickly you accomplish them.

2. "I wanted to make sure I had enough time to really focus on this; I appreciate your understanding."

Saying this lets hiring managers know why asking for an assignment might take a little longer than expected. It also gives them the chance to decide if they want to wait for the work instead of having you start something new.

3. "I will get this back to you by [date]." 

You can use this phrase when a manager asks for something and it's nearing the end of the day; if she wants it sooner, she will tell you so.

4. "Is there anything I can do to help you with that?" 

Even if most of your work is assigned or handed off to you without much input or explanation, asking this shows that you are willing to pitch in on projects with other team members (even if it does not result in more assignments for yourself).

5. "Let me make sure I understand [it] correctly."

Using this phrase instead of "as soon as possible" before diving into an assignment helps you be sure that what the hiring manager wants is actually what she's asking for. This way, you can spot possible problems (such as a typo in the instructions) and ask the right questions before starting.

6. "I wanted to make sure I knew exactly how much time this would require; when do you need it by?" 

If a task typically takes five hours and your manager asks for it by Friday afternoon, there is no question about whether or not you will complete it on time: You will not, and you will tell them so up-front. On the other hand, if she asks for something that could take just an hour or two, this phrase lets her know so she can plan accordingly—or give you more work.

7. "I wanted to check in and see if you might have any other work for me."

Using this phrase shows that you are not looking for a way out of work, but instead, want to make the most of your time at the office—and maybe even get more hours or tasks assigned to you.

8. "Right now, I'm working on [task]. Is this something I can combine with that?" 

By using this phrase when talking about new assignments with your manager, you show her that you are looking ahead instead of just completing work as it comes up. You will then come up with a plan together so you do not have too many projects going on simultaneously.

9 . "Let's touch base about this tomorrow."

This phrase can be used as an alternative for "as soon as possible" when you're not sure if your manager is expecting your work by the end of the day, or if she'd like to check in with you later. It also shows that you don't require immediate responses and aren't overwhelmed by requests—no matter how many come your way.

10. "I need some time to really dig into this assignment; I'll get back to you once I know more."

This phrase lets managers know why they may not hear from you as quickly as they would expect after a request is made. Their project might take longer than usual, but it means it will be done thoroughly instead of quickly (and perhaps sloppily).

11 . "I thought about whether or not that's going to work for my schedule, and I wanted to let you know that I can't do it."

This phrase lets hiring managers know immediately if a request will not fit into your plans. It also shows them that even though they make demands on your time, you have other obligations as well—and those will take priority.

12. "I don't think this is something I'm qualified for; is there anyone else who might be better suited?"

While using this phrase might not always mean that the manager has someone else in mind instead of you, it does give him a chance to reevaluate just how appropriate an assignment would be before he hands it off—and gives you more time to work on tasks where your expertise is needed.

13. "I'm working on another project that I know is a priority for you, but I will get to this as soon as I can."

This phrase lets managers know that you prioritize what they want to be done first, even if it is not something they assigned to you directly. Your other responsibility might be more important or urgent, so this shows them that you are not neglecting it—no matter how much time and energy their new demand requires.

14. "Of course; no problem!"

Even though the expression is informal (and perhaps grammatically incorrect), saying this phrase gives managers reassurance that you hear and understand their requests without adding too much unnecessary commentary (or making your response into an argument).

15. "I need to check my schedule, but hopefully I can get to this tomorrow."

This phrase is similar to the previous one, but instead of promising you will have an answer for your manager right away, it shows that you're not sure if there will be time to complete the task. It also implies that you might ask for more responsibilities in return—and promise them even though you're unsure when you will be able to fulfill them.

16. "This is not something I would typically handle, but let me see what I can do."

Use this phrase when your manager gives you a project that is outside of your main areas of responsibility or expertise. You will sound confident since the assignment fits beneath your job expectations—but still shows that you are willing to accept it since you want to make yourself available for other work.

17. "I cannot promise anything because I do not know how long this will take, but I'll do my best."

Use this phrase and not "as soon as possible" when managers are asking you to complete a task that's really difficult or time-consuming. It signals that the assignment is important, even though there is no way for you to guarantee its deadline—and lets them know that they won't be getting excuses instead of results.

18. "Let me see if my schedule opens up so I can fit this in." 

This phrase is similar to the previous one, but it indicates that you are willing to do most of the work—even though it may take longer than usual. It is also a savvy way of telling your manager that you have other responsibilities with deadlines as well, but are still interested in completing his assignment.

19. "I'm actually in the middle of the previous task; can this [work] be done later in time?"

Use this phrase when managers are giving too many requests at once. Their expectations might be unreasonable, and by asking them about their schedules. You will learn if they plan on making more demands within your available timeframe.

20. "I don't have time right now, but I'll check back with you in a few hours."

Use this phrase when your manager gives you a deadline that is too tight for most tasks. Even though the assignment still needs to be completed, it shows that you are willing to prioritize other responsibilities—and will not let managers waste your time by asking for help too often.

21.  "I'll complete this as soon as I can."

Use this phrase when you are given an assignment that is not urgent but will need to be finished later. It shows that managers know you are busy and are not expecting miracles—while still giving them a timeframe that lets them schedule other meetings and tasks within the limits of your commitment.

22. "I'm all chalked up with all other tasks in hand, but I would try my best to accommodate the other tasks you allotted just now!"

This phrase is similar to Number 19 above, but it is more direct about why you cannot help right now. You might also ask if there are any time constraints on their new directive—and offer to check back later if necessary.

23. "How much time do you want me to spend on this?" 

This phrase comes into play when managers are giving you a difficult assignment that has no deadline and could take several days or weeks depending on how much work it entails. It shows them that your time is valuable—and lets them decide what is worth spending the most energy on.

24. "I'm almost done with something else for you; what are your plans for the rest of the day?" 

Use this phrase when managers expect you to drop everything in favor of their work. The phrase signals that they should take responsibility for their priorities—but also shows them that tasks will get completed eventually, no matter how inconvenient it might be at the moment.

25. "I'll let you know when I've finished."  

This phrase comes in handy when managers ask you to complete a task without any deadline or dateline. It indicates that there is no rush; nonetheless, they should plan on hearing from you once the assignment is completed—and then schedule follow-up meetings if necessary.

Key Takeaway!

With this blog, it must be clear now that you can use 25 less pushy alternatives of "as soon as possible". There is no need of reading it again and again and cringe inside. Use these phrases which would sound professional and make you look confident. Make sure you read the condition or situation for which each phrase has been selected and they apply it accordingly. 

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