Methodical means following a method. If you follow the same sixteen steps in the same order when you make a fire, you could be said to take a methodical approach to this activity.

The idea of moving slowly and orderly through a process can at times be dismissed as bureaucratic or obsessive, but when you use the word methodical to describe it, chances are you think that it's good to follow a method. The only thing missing from a methodical approach is inspiration––dancers shouldn't be too methodical; engineers should.

Definitions of methodical

adj characterized by method and orderliness

“a methodical scholar”
methodical and efficient in arrangement or function

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