The Anti-Planner: How to Get Sh*t Done When You Don’t Feel Like It

Original price was: USD $58.00.Current price is: USD $48.00.
(214 customer reviews)

Do you know what you need to do, but struggle to get yourself to do it? Get bored easily? Abandon every planner you’ve ever tried? Beat yourself up a lot? Yeah. Me too. The Anti-Planner is an activity book specifically designed to help procrastinators:

  • Try unique, entertaining ways of completing tasks
  • Untangle emotions that make it hard to get sh*t done
  • Smash through productivity roadblocks
  • 300+ full-color pages (with over 100 activities)
Prefer a swearing-free version? 🧼 Here ya go! Or check out the mini digital bundle of 30 PDFs 🙂

Description

The Anti-Planner is not a planner; there are no dated pages or calendars! Think of it as a productivity recipe book—a survival guide of 165+ strategies for when you’re struggling to get shit done.

It’s been called “a life-changing masterpiece,” “a secret weapon for getting hard adulty stuff done,” and “the Bible for procrastinators.” Check out the reviews to see what others are saying!

214 reviews for The Anti-Planner: How to Get Sh*t Done When You Don’t Feel Like It

  1. Lui

    Wow, what a book! “The look of it. The smell of it. The texture.” (Goldmember from Austin Powers III)
    I loved the awesome structure and the fact that writing over the pages is recommended; I’ll break out the coloured pencils/pens etc. when time allows.
    Using the “what’s my state/problem/anxiety?” -> “Here, try this …” approach, I can happily report that it got me through a rough couple of weeks coming up to a project deliverable. Realising I was “stuck” because I was also being “perfectionistic” I quickly found the “How to half-a**e it” and the “Timer Challenge” tactics. In the 3 hours before a team meeting for discussing a draft presentation. I settled for the Timer Challenge, allowing me to have chicken scratchings to discuss across all the slides rather than one incomplete slide that was getting polished.

    My impulsivity had me get both the pdf bundle and the book, I’m happy about that decision though would argue that the book is worth waiting for, getting the shrink wrap off and having a Proustian moment bringing me back to the smell of arts classes at school was a thing (for me anyways, we’re all different and experiences may vary depending on your disposition) Since getting the book, I’ve also drafted my own “timer challenge template” in google docs, so that I can just type things in (happy to share if the author allows).

  2. Lui

    Wow, what a book! “The look of it. The smell of it. The texture.” (Goldmember from Austin Powers III)
    I loved the awesome structure and the fact that writing over the pages is recommended; I’ll break out the coloured pencils/pens etc. when time allows.
    Using the “what’s my state/problem/anxiety?” -> “Here, try this …” approach, I can happily report that it got me through a rough couple of weeks coming up to a project deliverable. Realising I was “stuck” because I was also being “perfectionistic” I quickly found the “How to half-a**e it” and the “Timer Challenge” tactics. In the 3 hours before a team meeting for discussing a draft presentation. I settled for the Timer Challenge, allowing me to have chicken scratchings to discuss across all the slides rather than one incomplete slide that was getting polished.

    My impulsivity had me get both the pdf bundle and the book, I’m happy about that decision though would argue that the book is worth waiting for, getting the shrink wrap off and having a Proustian moment bringing me back to the smell of arts classes at school was a thing (for me anyways, we’re all different and experiences may vary depending on your disposition) Since getting the book, I’ve also drafted my own “timer challenge template” in google docs, so that I can just type things in (happy to share if the author allows).

  3. Lex B.

    It works as intended – even when I forget about it for weeks at a time. XD
    This book helped me self-manage without medication, and pushed me to seek an official diagnosis. Now that I’m medicated, its activities still help me A LOT. The Overwhelmed tab, especially, has been a life-saver.

    I would recommend this book to anybody struggling with self-starting, self-motivating, getting organized, or just feeling like a capable adult person when their executive function won’t cooperate.

    Dani Donovan, thank you so much for putting together this veritable pot of gold!

  4. Mariette (verified owner)

    Best book ever !!
    My executive functioning skills are at an all time low, but this book is helping me navigate All The Stuff. Just by opening it in the middle, and going with what works. So I am finally getting s… done AND feeling better about it all. Thank you thank you thank you

  5. Eva (verified owner)

    I LOOOOOOVE this book!!!
    It is so beautiful, it is always on my desk, and even when I am not currently using it, I get a little motivation out of how beautiful it is.

    But when I am using it, we are having so much fun together! I still don’t like THE THING, but some of the smaller things are slowly losing their frightning nature. THE THING also gets done bit by bit, already used a few different techniques for it, and it is so helpful being able to swich the techniques around!

    If there was a genie, I would wish for this book to also come as an App, would be willing to spend lots of money on it just to have all the techniques with me everywhere I go (yes, I also got the PDF, but those don’t work as well for me).

    Thank you so much Dani, for writing this book! I found it through the book from Jessica McCabe, she recommends you, also a really good read. The combination of the two books already took so much stress out of my life, and are so fun to read and use. Thank you thank you thank you, and all the best in your future endeavours!

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Looking for a version without the swearing?

No boring, repetitive spreads. No calendars or dates. No stupid, cliché advice. No guilt. No empty pages.

No way to fail, even if you tried.

The Anti-Planner teaches you how to:


  • Light a fire under your own butt
  • Make boring tasks suck less
  • Use inconsistency to your advantage
  • Avoid overwhelm + burnout
  • Give perfectionism the middle finger
  • Make decisions faster
  • Set goals you’ll actually stick to
  • Stop getting distracted by screens
  • Function when sh*t hits the fan
  • Say no to people + ask for help
  • Re-ignite lost motivation
  • Stop beating yourself up

Exercises include:


Activities

Challenges, worksheets, step-by-step techniques

Strategies

How-to guides, tips, actionable advice from pros

Games

Dice, cards, paper football, unique takes on classics

Comics

Illustrations and infographics to help explain how our brains work

Prompts

Fill-in-the-blanks, personal pump-ups, journaling, and self-exploration exercises

Resources

Helpful apps, websites, books, podcasts, quotes, and much more!

Learn to deal with all the feelz:


Stuck

  • Having difficulty starting
  • Indecisive
  • Perfectionistic
  • Distracted

Overwhelmed

  • Intimidated
  • Over-committed
  • Panicking
  • Burnt-out

Unmotivated

  • Lacking accountability
  • Waiting to “feel” like it
  • Disinterested
  • Uninspired

Disorganized

  • Messy
  • Having difficulty prioritizing

Discouraged

  • Hopeless
  • Insecure

(+ Extras)

  • Bonus pages
  • Duplicate copies

In-depth reviews:


Jesse J. Anderson

How to ADHD

Avory Faucett

Catieosaurus

Additional details:


  • 7.25 in x 9.5 in
  • Vegan leather hardcover with gold foil stamping and rounded edges (classy AF)
  • 300+ full-color pages (with over 100 activities)
  • Colored section tabs for easy navigation
  • Wire-o spiral binding (because let’s be honest, trying to hold a softcover book open and write on the pages is super-annoying)
  • Elastic cover band attached
  • Pen loop
  • Belly band
  • Shrink-wrapped

You may feel like you’ve tried it all. But I promise… you’ve never tried anything quite like this.