Is there a word for someone who works on a particular task without worrying about the time that he spends on it. Someone with an attitude of "it'll take as much time that it has to take". But he is persistent with the work, but doesn't like the idea of timelines.

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    It's someone who works at their own pace.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 3, 2016 at 16:21
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    Does freelance count?
    – NVZ
    Jun 3, 2016 at 16:50
  • @NVZ It has "free" in it. It should, at least in overtones.
    – vickyace
    Jun 3, 2016 at 17:46

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That person sounds very lassiez-faire

a philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference especially with individual freedom of choice and action

or perhaps prefers to work unstructured

not happening according to a plan : not organized or planned in a formal way

  • There is a plan/structure. But no timelines. Jun 3, 2016 at 15:48
  • Fair enough. Unstructured is an adjective which you could apply to time. Think of a timeline like a "plan" where you get certain deliverables ready by certain deadlines. Jun 3, 2016 at 15:51
  • Unstructured seems too general a word, whereas I am looking for something very specific, it if exists. Jun 3, 2016 at 15:55
  • Perhaps, if you want something that serves as an antonym for timeline, you might consider "non-linear" to describe the person/work pattern. Jun 3, 2016 at 16:06

I suggest a close adjective.

That someone is unbound.


not controlled, limited or influenced by something.


The King's carpenter in the English Civil War carved SAT CITO, SAT BENE on one of his buildings, "Fast enough is soon enough," a popular Emblem, at that time.
Such workers are called 'deliberate,'

Deliberate: (adjective) Oxford

  1. Careful and unhurried:
    example: a conscientious and deliberate worker

The person sounds like 'a plodder'

A person who plods, esp one who works in a slow and persevering but uninspired manner

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