There is a word leeway, but I don't believe it's an answer to my
Correct, leeway is not the right word. Leeway is defined as "the amount of freedom to move or act that is available" and is a noun which is often applied to signify a specific movement. For example, the deadline is 15th August but we have 2 days leeway either side.
Found another one — sufficient time margin, but still doesn't sound
like the best option.
Agreed, this can be used, but is very formal and sounds like something in a legal document or a report.
No hurry. We have plenty of time.
Does indeed imply that one can sit back and do nothing because there is plenty of time.
I would use phrases like
- This is not the top of the list but does need to be addressed soon
- This is important but can wait for a short time
- We do have some time to spare but please stay on this and report progress
- We have sufficient time to ensure we do a thorough job
- We have bought some time in the short term
- This is not urgent but does need to be looked at in the near term
It would also help to be specific, for example,
- This is urgent (how urgent, what is the impact?)
- This needs to be done in the next 2 weeks (what is the timeframe?)