I’ve seen many variations of horizontal weekly planners by now.. but the Komorebi has a different take which is why I wanted to do a review.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this planner for free in exchange for doing this review. As always, all opinions are my own.
Komorebi Luxe Planner – Quick facts
- Size: 6″ wide x 8.5″ high (the pages inside are A5 page size – 5.75″ wide x 8.25″ high / 14.8cm wide x 21cm high)
- There are 2 sizes to choose from, this review is for the small size
- Hardcover with foil detail (4 cover designs to choose from)
- Lay flat sewn binding (there is also a coil bound version)
- 2 page Monthly calendar (starts on Monday), monthly goals and monthly budget
- 2 page weekly spread (starts on Monday)
- Annual overview dates at a glance for 2022 and 2023
- 2 page annual planning calendar
- 2 page Australian public holidays list
- 2 page master plan / life goals
- Extra pages – bucket list, 2022 year in review, accounts & passwords, travel plans
- 7 double sided lined notes pages (so 14 lined notes pages total)
- 5 double sided 5mm dot grid pages (so 10 dot grid pages total)
- 3 extra wide ribbon bookmarks
- Neutral inside pages
- 12 month duration
- Dated January 2022 – December 2022
- Comes in a box presented ready for gifting
- Weighs 500g
Price: $50 AUD + shipping (ships from Australia). If you’d like the larger page size in a similar weekly layout, it’s $70 AUD.
The planners are currently 25% off!
The Komorebi website states that shipping to my address in Brisbane is $9.95 for standard and $14.95 for express.
Let’s take a closer look!
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The planner arrived nicely gift wrapped so if you wanted to buy it as a present for someone, you can ship it directly to their address and this is what it’ll look like when they open the box.
The hardcover is very sturdy and has gold corners to prevent it from getting scuffed. Love the gold foil detail on this cover, it wraps around to the spine and back cover too.
Just over 2cm / 0.78″ thick
The planner starts with a 2 page yearly overview. I like an annual overview, but the boxes are too small (1.9cm / just over 1.25″ wide and there’s text already in them), so other than using highlighter or dot markers, I cannot write in or use this calendar to mark events.
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Australian Public Holidays
Aussie planners are a rare find and even rarer do they include a holidays list!
One thing I think is lacking in this front section, is a one – two page spread with open-ended boxes for each month. This would be great to put whatever notes I need or allocate goals to each month and see a high level overview of the whole year. There’s currently no pre-printed page/s for this but you could create your own using the lined or dot grid pages at the back of the planner.
Dates at a glance
Next are the dates at a glance calendars for 2022 and 2023.
Master Plan Life Goals
Then it’s onto the goal pages where you can jot down ideas for the next 3 years, 5 years and 10 years.
For each time period, there are boxes for each of the below categories:
Great for listing goals but there is no goal planning space until you choose which goals you’re going to work on and start drilling down into the details later on the monthly spreads.
After these pages, it’s straight into planning January.
There are no tabs or monthly divider cover pages for each month, but if you flick through the planner and look in the top left corner you’ll find the month you’re looking for.
The calendar starts Monday which is consistent with the weekly spread and the earlier annual overview pages.
I don’t like planners that have 6 rows for each month. I’d prefer if there were 5 months so the layout is consistent for the entire year. For the months where the last week is only 1 or 2 days, re-start the numbering in the un-used boxes on the top row. This would create space for a larger notes section or larger boxes for each day.
The boxes for each day are 3.1cm wide x 2.4cm high. There are mini date calendars for the previous month and the next month. There’s some blank space at the top of the calendar for recording anything you like.
Monthly goals & Budget Tracker
This page at the start of each month is where you can start breaking your goals down into action items. I love the format of a box to outline the goal and then a checklist immediately underneath to list out the action items.
The budget tracker not only tracks your income and expenses but also your savings.
The weekly spread is my favorite part of the planner! A really functional layout that maximises the page without anything being too close to the margins.
Something unique to this planner – instead of checkboxes, there are suns for your daytime tasks and moon’s for your evening tasks
- Up to 7 tasks, appointments or reminders per day
- Track up to 4 habits per week
- Meal plan breakfast lunch and dinner
- Large to do list
- Blank section on the top of the left page could be for reminders, a life admin task, birthdays, bills due this week or anything else you want to flag
Related post: 52 Life admin tasks to add to your planner this year
There are mini dates at a glance calendars for each month and the dates for that week are in bold – love this attention to detail.
The line spacing is 6mm / 0.23″
At the back of the planner are:
- 2022 year in review
- 2022 bucket list
- Accounts & passwords
- Travel plans
- Lined notes pages
- Dot grid pages
I would reorder the bucket list to the front, not the back of the planner. This page to me is goal planning you would do at the start of the year, so I prefer when planners cluster together and order these pages at the start of the planner.
I know not everyone plans their trips down to the hour like I do (I need to pack as much in with the little annual leave that I get!) but 1 page for travel planning isn’t going to cut it for me. I would use this as an overview of the countries, city’s or landmarks you want to visit (like an extension of the bucket list).
There are 13 lined pages (6mm / 0.23″ line spacing)
And 10 dot grid pages (5mm dot grid). There are 25 dots horizontally and 30 dots vertically.
The pocket folder design makes it easy to get things in and out.
The 3 ribbon bookmarks are in slightly different shades of gold.
Despite some show through of the design on the back side of the pages, the Komorebi website states that the paper is ‘125gsm satin cream paper, eco-friendly and sustainably sourced from FSC-certified forests, with no ghosting and no bleeding! … so let’s test if that is true
… yes and no.
The MAMBI stamps (that pink heart and green asterisk) bleed through the paper in the majority of planners. It didn’t bleed through this one but there was still heavy ghosting for all pens.
The paper felt smooth and nice to write on however my favorite Frixion pens didn’t really agree with the paper – they didn’t fully erase and I felt like I was tearing bits of the paper off at the same time. The ink of the Uniball Signo Gel didn’t dry as fast as it does in other planners and it ended up smearing a bit.
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Pros of the Planner
- Portable size
- Pretty cover with gold foil detail and corners, not just one color like most sewn bound planners
- Multiple cover designs to choose from
- 2 different binding styles to choose from (sewn bound or coil bound)
- There is another weekly layout available in a similar style, and a daily option too
- 2 page sizes to choose from
- Minimalist color scheme so you can add as much color as you like
- Extra wide ribbon bookmarks in 3 shades of gold that coordinate with the gold foil on the cover
- Pages lay flat no matter where you open the planner
- Pocket folder design makes it easy to get things in and out
- Everything starts on a Monday (annual / monthly / weekly)
- Smooth, eco friendly paper
- Unique, functional weekly layout
- Extra lined and dot grid pages
Cons of the Planner
- No tabs
- No monthly notes pages
- No monthly review
- Monthly calendar has 6 rows for each month so there isn’t much space for notes
- The Australian holidays list is great for Australians, but may deters people living in other countries from buying the planner
- The flow of the planner could be improved e.g. goal pages at the front expanded with more pages / room to write, relocate the bucket list from the back of the planner to the front
- The paper had bad ghosting after the pen test
Would I use this planner?
Yes, I really like the horizontal weekly layout. I was worried the writing space wold be too small at A5 page size as I typically use around a 7″ x 9″ size planner, however everything is well proportioned.
The cover is high quality and the paper feels nice, I do wish there was less ghosting though.
I would add monthly lined notes pages and tweak the monthly calendar, but otherwise I think this is a well thought out planner.
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