Leuchtturm produce one of the most well known dot grid bullet journals so I’d had my eye on their weekly planner for a while. Patience pays off and they finally went 50% off in March!
- Size: 5.75″ wide x 8.25″ high
- Sewn binding
- Dates at a glance
- Annual project plan
- Neutral inside pages
- 2 page weekly spread (starts on Monday)
- No monthly calendar
Let’s take a closer look!
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Same softcover as the other Leuchtturm dot grid notebooks.
There are many colors to choose from so I was definitely steering clear of boring black!
Approx 1cm thick
Because it’s softcover it weighs hardly anything.
There is no monthly calendar in this planner.
My favorite part of this planner and something I wish more planners would include – an annual overview project plan!
It’d be even better if it was spread over 4 pages instead of 2 as the writing space is a bit squished.
Starts on Monday with combined space for weekends. If you’re not a fan of this there’s lots of lined writing space on the right that you could convert into Sat & Sun.
The planner has holidays for most countries in the world which means you can live anywhere and use it. However it also means there’s a lot of country codes on the weekly spread when there’s a holiday…
The lines on the right page of the weekly spread are 5mm which is closer together than most planners
Dates at a glance
Blank unlined pages at the back
There are no tabs but week numbers are printed in the bottom corner.
Despite the popularity of the Leuchtturm the paper quality is really disappointing.
Bad ghosting for all pens (gel, fine tip and ballpoint) and highlighters plus bleed through for the stamps.
Pros of the Planner
- Bright white paper (rare for a sewn bound notebook!)
- Multiple cover colors to choose from
- Portable size
- Gender neutral
- Week number printed on pages
Cons of the Planner
- Paper is too thin – prone to ghosting
- No monthly calendar
Would I use this planner?
Yes, it has my favorite horizontal weekly layout with lots of lined space for list making. The paper quality and how prone it is to ghosting is really the only negative.
Comparison to the Moleskine
I did a full review of the Moleskine planner in this post. As I was looking through the Leuchtturm my first thought was that it was quite similar to the Moleskine, so if you’re trying to decide between the 2, here are some things to consider:
- The Moleskine comes in multiple sizes. The smallest size (around 5.5″ x 8.25″) is narrower than the Leuchtturm
- The paper quality is bright white in the Leuchtturm and more yellow / cream in the Moleskine
- Leuchtturm has an annual project planning page, Moleskine does not
- The line spacing is closer together in the Leuchtturm than the Moleskine
- The price is about the same
- The Moleskine has a monthly calendar, the Leuchtturm does not
Both of them:
- Have a pocket folder at the back
- Ribbon bookmarks
- Start on Monday
- Combined weekends
- Having bad pen ghosting and bleed through for ballpoint, gel, fine tip, highlighters, stamps
Related: Moleskine Weekly Planner Review
More planner reviews:
- Plum Paper Horizontal Lined + Notes (and a comparison or colorful versus neutral)
- Milligram Weekly Agenda Planner
- Blue Sky Noteworthy Planner
- Planner Necessities: My Top 3 All-Time Favorite Gel Pens
- 6 Ways to color code your planner to increase productivity
- Why horizontal is my favorite weekly planner layout
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