Dashboard weekly planners are my favorite layout. Most are in 7 x 9″ page size (my favorite page size) but if you’re looking for something smaller (A5) and affordable to try out this type of weekly spread, take a look at the Kelkaa planner.
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- Page size: 5.25″ wide x just under 8.5″ high (Approx. A5)
- Hardcover (4 cover options to choose from: blush, purple, black, mint)
- Sewn binding
- Dates at a glance page
- 2 page Monthly calendar (starts on Sunday)
- 2 page weekly spread (starts on Monday)
- 60 lined notes pages
- Neutral inside pages
- Lasts 12 months
- 100 GSM paper
- 3 Ribbon bookmarks
Price: $11 USD on Amazon
Let’s take a closer look!
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Not much to say about this cover – just your typical hardcover on a sewn bound notebook. There are 4 cover colors to choose from blush, purple, black, mint.
The planner is approx. 0.75″ thick
The columns are too narrow on these pages for me (only 0.75″ wide), you won’t be able to fit more than 1 word (2 if you write really small) so will probably need to color code or use some dot markers. It would’ve been better if they’d split this section into 4 pages.
There are 6 goal pages with:
- Vision board
- Mind Map
- Mission statement
- Major goal
- Minor goals
- Morning & Evening Routines
- Bucket list
These pages have a 5mm dot spacing.
One of the first things I noticed in this planner, is the very bad ghosting:
More space in all of these sections would be great, but maybe it’s just me that likes to do goal planning in a lot of detail.
I never really understand the morning and evening routine pages that some planners include. Do people actually go back to this page and refer to it? To me all that stuff is just auto-pilot, I don’t need to write it down.
Starts Sunday (not consistent with the weekly spread). The calendar is lined which is very hard to find!
The line spacing is 5mm.
You can start this planner in any month.
The monthly calendars are interspersed in between the weekly planning pages.
Starts Monday which is not consistent with the monthly calendar. However, if it really bothers you, could can cover up the days with white out or some days of the week washi tape.
The line spacing is 7mm.
The pages lay flat on their own.
Next, there is a huge 60 lined notes pages which is probably the most lined notes pages I’ve seen a planner include.
After all of those pages are:
- Books to read
- New things learned
- What are you grateful for in your life?
- Placed travelled list
- 3 pages of maps for each continent
Something very different about this planner: it has coloring in maps! And they’re actually detailed enough that you can color in individual states.
There is one pocket folder attached to the back cover.
The paper is only 100 GSM which isn’t very thick. There was ghosting for all pens, stamps and highlighters.
Pros of the Planner
- Portable size (A5)
- Minimalist color scheme
- Very cheap
- Comes with planner stickers
- Pocket folder
- Lined monthly calendar
- 3 Ribbon bookmarks
- 60 lined notes pages is far more than most planners include
Cons of the Planner
- No tabs
- Plain / basic inside layout
- No date dot stickers (which would be a huge timesaver since it’s an undated planner)
- Thin paper
Would I use this planner?
Yes. I like dashboard planners. They’re not as common in A5 page size and while this one wouldn’t be my first choice (bit too plain), for the very cheap price of only $11 USD I think it’s a good option to try a dashboard weekly spread if you haven’t before. If a dashboard layout is something you find you like using, then I would upgrade to a planner with a similar layout but better paper quality.
I found this planner on Amazon
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