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2022 Hobonichi Weeks Pros & Cons and Setup

This is the second year I am using Hobonichi Weeks as my Planner and I don't think I'll be switching anytime soon. I love its versatility, minimalism, and elegance. It is perfect for my needs. If you've ever done bullet journaling, then you probably know that it can be tedious and time-consuming creating all those pages. every single week and month. I love the layout of the Weeks planner especially since you can customize it to whatever works best for you.

I've opted to tab my planner with vellum paper tabs that I made but you can choose to buy pre-made ones too.

The Pros

This time around I got the Weeks in Ever Green and it is a stunning color. There are so many reasons why I would Hobonichi and here are some of them.

  1. Minimalistic layout. I switch out my layout every few weeks or so and the possibilities are endless.

  2. Tomoe River paper - this paper is incredibly smooth, thin to the point of translucence, perfect for fountain pens.

  3. Yearly, monthly, and weekly layouts.

  4. Grid layout for easier layout planning.

  5. Extra notes section in the back.

  6. Slim, lightweight, and easy to carry in your purse or back pocket.

  7. Lots of choices with covers and they change every year (except for some staples).

The Cons

In my 2-3 years of using Hobonichi, I have very few cons and they aren't deal-breakers. I have also learned to work around them.

  1. I wish it can lay flat on a surface, but it isn't a deal-breaker. Be creative with clips and clamps!

  2. Be mindful of the pens/markers that you use as they might take a while to dry. Some inks and ink pads are sure to bleed through as the paper is quite thin (I believe this is 52gsm).

  3. Only in the Japanese version. This doesn't bother me at all, but I know this might be something people are looking out for so I thought I'd add this. All the quotes, notes, and whatnot are in Japanese.

My 2022 setup: Hobonichi Weeks with a Galen Leather Cover in Brown and a Traveler's Notebook cover on top of it.


Year at A Glance: This page is for birthdays, anniversaries, events, and everything else that I would like to plan ahead of time. It is similar to the Future Log for those familiar with Bullet Journaling.

Monthly Spread: A 14-month section beginning in December of the previous year to March of the following year. I use these spreads to plan out my to-do list every month as well as appointments, meetings, brunch dates, miscellaneous events, and etc. This is also where I keep track of birthdays and other things I don't want to forget.

Weekly spread: As previously mentioned, I change my weekly layout every now and again. This is perfect for habit trackers, weather, to-do list, memorable moments, and whatever else you like to keep track of in your week to week. Below are some examples of how I used this spread in the past year.

One of my favorite things about the Hobonichi Weeks is the Notes section in the back. There are about 240 pages that you can use however you wish. These are also in a grid layout to help people like me who have trouble drawing straight lines on a blank page. Ha. I've added examples and a list below for ideas on what to use these pages for but you can like your mind run wild with this section.


Trackers - social media

Dreams & Prayers for 2022

2022 Goals

Store Inventory

Gift Ideas

Bucket Lists

Reel Ideas

Blog Post Ideas

Illustration Ideas

Book clubs & TBR

Drawing notebook

Hobonichi Weeks is a very versatile planner. Have fun and play around with it until you find what works best for you!



Items to get you started with Hobonichi Weeks:

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