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ahead of schedule

Earlier than a given deadline. Since the contractor and his crew completed the renovations ahead of schedule, we were able to move into the house before winter arrived. Repaying your loan ahead of schedule will save you money in the long term by reducing the amount of interest you'll have to pay.
See also: ahead, of, schedule

behind schedule

Not having progressed as much as is necessary to meet a particular deadline. I'm so far behind schedule that I'll never get this report done by Friday. Thanks to the flu, I'm now behind schedule in my party preparations.
See also: behind, schedule

on schedule

Proceeding within the expected or planned schedule or timetable; neither late nor early. We're still on schedule to arrive at 09:30. What's status of the project? Are you all still on schedule?
See also: on, schedule

slated to (do something)

Scheduled or organized to do or participate in something. A: "How about dinner on Saturday?" B: "Our band is slated to be in Portland for a gig that night. Maybe the week after?" The famous magician has been slated to appear in events around the country for the next six months.
See also: slate, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*ahead of schedule

Fig. having done something before the time given on a schedule or before the expected time. (*Typically: be ~; finish ~.) I want to be able to finish the job ahead of schedule.
See also: ahead, of, schedule

*behind schedule

having failed to do something by the appointed time, especially the time given on a written plan. (*Typically: be ~; fall ~; get ~.) We have to hurry and finish soon or we will fall behind schedule. The project is behind schedule by six months.
See also: behind, schedule

on schedule

at the expected or desired time. The plane came in right on schedule. Things have to happen on schedule in a theatrical performance.
See also: on, schedule

slated to do something scheduled to do something

. (*Typically: be ~; have someone ~.) Mary is slated to go to Washington in the fall. We are slated to leave in November.
See also: schedule, slate, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on schedule

At the announced or expected time, as in Her first baby arrived right on schedule. Originally alluding to published railroad timetables, this expression dates from the late 1800s.
See also: on, schedule
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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A key outcome of the final work schedule is a cash flow schedule, which shows the anticipated dates and amounts of receipts and expenditures of cash based on completion of certain phases of the job.
It reads: "The concept of backlog presupposes a throughput-driven schedule where jobs are placed into production to maximize an outdated notion of manufacturing efficiency rather than to ensure the modern business imperative of customer satisfaction through on-time delivery and short lead times."
Unsurprisingly, research shows that childcare arrangements differ by the type of schedule the mother works, with informal care, including fathers and grandmothers, being much more common when mothers work nonstandard hours.
* 2,356 taxpayers filed Schedule UTP for TY 2010; so far, the IRS has processed returns of 1,677 taxpayers filing Schedule UTP in their TY 2011 returns.
Identify and prioritize risk with respect to the potential impact to project scope, schedule, quality, budget, and performance; and mitigate that risk according to a defined, communicated plan and appropriate governance structure.
The Azalea schedule had been the collaborative effort of the library manager and her office assistant, but this complex chore became the responsibility of the West Community Library head librarian.
Transportation schedules and rescheduling requests.
For example, is the IRS or Treasury considering additional tax return disclosures or general reconciliation schedules in addition to schedule M-3 for corporations (1120-C,-S,-PC, or -L) or partnerships (1065)?
This follows five years in which Schedule 70 sales increased by at least 15% annually.
Schedule F reports reinsurance obligations owed to and by the company, including business ceded to a reinsurer and assumed from another insurer.
It's important to note that the variance can be as much as 10-percent ahead of schedule to as late as 10-percent after schedule.
A paper roundtable is also schedule for later that morning.
It is up to the patient to schedule an appointment in keeping with the availability of time on the referred physician's schedule.
* The typical maintenance manager can't schedule what his people will be doing this afternoon, much less for the next week.
CTP is a more accurate, "real-world" scheduling model, since it allows you to quote deliveries based on not just length of manufacturing times but also machine and tool availability within the existing production schedule. Made2Manage Systems is also introducing a preventive-maintenance scheduling module.