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GTD®: 3-Dimensional Self Management by David Allen

There are vertical and horizontal aspects of productivity for 3-dimensional self-management. This template helps you plot your work on a matrix bound by control and perspective.
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Self management can be interpreted as how well our actions match our priorities, or simply how good our choices are about what we’re doing.

Can you have one without the other—control without perspective, or vision without control? Ultimately, no. If you’re out of control, it’s almost impossible to maintain appropriate perspective. And if you can’t see things from the right altitude, you’ll lose control at some point. But relatively speaking, yes—there can be an imbalance. - David Allen

There are horizontal and vertical aspects of productivity:

Horizontal
- Quiet distractions and maintain control over all inventory of things to do across a spectrum
Vertical
- View what you're doing from the appropriate horizon and shift perspective as needed
This template shows you how you cannot have
control
without
perspective
;
vision
without
control
. Here is a matrix showing the 4 quadrants of control and perspective:
Control
Perspective
Low
High
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Description
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Description
Low
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The Victim

Driven by the latest and loudest and simply reacting.
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The Crazy Maker

Great ideas but unrealistically committing time and resources.
High
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The Micro Manager

Obsessed with control and neglecting the bigger picture.
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Master and Commander

Quickstart

1️⃣ Add tasks to your
list

2️⃣ Click the dropdowns for
Control
and
Perspective
and see your tasks in a quadrant view





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