I get it. It’s not always possible or prudent to take your Italian leather-bound journal everywhere you go. But even if you’re not sitting down to write long entries, you may actually be spending a lot of time journaling. Those archives of notes on your phone, pictures and screenshots, the e-mails you’ll never delete, scrap paper with your scribbles piling up in a drawer somewhere: all of these things make up a record of your life. For these day-to-day mementos, I recommend a catch-all notebook.
A catch-all notebook is the place to collect quick thoughts, lists, doodles, snapshots of conversation, and anything else you can think of. In fact, the variety of uses for a catch-all journal probably pushes against the boundaries of what you’d normally call journaling.