Introducing the Refresh | Brain Dump Journal!

Introducing the Refresh | Brain Dump Journal!

by: Emily Thomas

Your days don't have to feel scattered and overwhelming.

But often, they do. You know what matters in the big picture, and you're motivated to do something about it—but daily life seems to get in the way!

Does your brain feel sticky and slow from cobwebbed thoughts?

Does it race at top speed, zigging and zagging from one idea to another?

Or does it feel like a junk drawer, with both the necessary and the useless jumbled together in a tangled mess?

It's hard to focus when your brain is cluttered—but a fruitful, purposeful life requires your focus. No matter what your role is in this season or what activities fill your days, you must have a process for sifting out the important from the unimportant and ensuring you take the next best step toward what matters.

A simple tool can help. Enter: the brain dump. In the Refresh Journal, we've taken the humble brain dump (a staple of Cultivate What Matters' teaching from the very beginning!) and expanded it into a four-step process we believe will become an indispensable part of your days at work and at home. By walking through these simple action steps at a cadence that works for you, you'll clear your mind and gain fresh perspective.

Wait, what is a brain dump?

We're so glad you asked! A brain dump is the practice of freely and comprehensively transferring your jumbled thoughts to the page through writing, with the goal of bringing order to chaos. (Doesn't that sound good?!)

In addition to bringing order to chaos and helping you to name what matters in big and little ways, brain dumps can:

  • Anchor you in the present
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Increase your productivity and ability to concentrate
  • Clarify your priorities
  • Improve your mood

Little by little, the positive effects of a regular brain-dump practice will add up.

Why you'll love this brain dump journal:

At its simplest, a brain dump is you, a pen, and a piece of paper. You don't need the Refresh Journal to start to feel the benefits, but we think you'll love taking this simple practice to the next level. With your Refresh Journal, you'll get clear on what matters and then make it happen, day after day, week after week.

Here's what else you'll love:

  • It's flexible on purpose. It can be used at different frequencies (daily weekly, monthly, etc.), at different times of day, or in different emotional states.
  • The flexible quadrant pages you can customize with your own categories. Once you've got your thoughts out on paper, you get to choose the organizational method that makes the most sense. Will you sort your list by the Eisenhower matrix, by category, or by time? That's up to you, and you can change the method you use with each new page!
  • Plenty of space for to-do lists and journaling. The Refresh Journal can be a one-stop shop for getting things done, or you can transfer any to-dos to your system of choice.
  • The sturdy and beautiful design. Your journal has room for more than 100 brain dumps, and features a colorful, wipeable cover and sturdy coil binding.

No matter your role in this season or what activities fill your days, a regular brain-dump practice can clear your mind, give you fresh perspective, and help you live out what matters most, even in the midst of full days.

Mark your calendar! The Refresh | Brain Dump Journal launches on Monday, June 17. We can't wait to get it in your hands!


I just ordered this and I can’t wait to use it!!!!

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$32 for a glorified notebook. Are you kidding?


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Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas is Cultivate What Matters' Content Strategist and Writer. With over a decade at Cultivate, Emily loves helping women uncover what matters, set good goals, and live them out with joy. Her free time is spent with her high-school-sweetheart husband and three young kiddos.

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