I know it seems that everywhere you turn at the moment there’s another podcast to listen to. It’s a medium which has exploded in recent years and I have certainly struggled to keep up with all of the new shows that constantly pop up.

That said, I think this is probably my favourite, and most common, source of inspiration. As with many of these things I have been writing about this year, you have to judge for yourself what works and doesn’t work, what inspires you and how you can use the information you listen to.

I am going to…


It may sound ridiculously obvious, but as a creative I love to create. I’ve done a whole talk on Creativity and how you don’t need to be artistic to be creative, the same is true (I believe) of writing. You don’t have to be Jane Austen to write, just as you don’t have to be Pele to enjoy playing football or Mozart to enjoy music.

I find writing a wonderfully cathartic exercise, as mentioned in my piece about journalling. If nothing else it is a great opportunity to get our ideas out of your head and onto paper (or screen)…


There was a time when I would listen to people mention things like manifesting and laugh it off as new age mumbo jumbo. In fact when I mention this now to people, they often have a similar reaction. As with everything I’m currently writing about from this list, I’m not giving you instructions on how to live your life, I’m simply talking about the things that have worked for me, especially when growing my agency, Thursday.

The key thing for me over the years, has been reading, listening and learning as much as possible, from experts in many different fields…


For as long as I can remember I have always used notebooks. Primarily this is because I love to draw and so always wanted to ensure I had something to draw in. I remember early on in my career speaking to the amazing Lynne Dobney (a long-time mentor) and hearing how important it was to always use a notebook at work, to record conversations, meetings and thoughts. She told me a story of how her notebook was used in a court case, as it contained key details about a project which had unfortunately ended in a legal dispute.

It wasn’t…


If someone had told me ten years ago, that every day before work I would practice mindfulness, I would have laughed. When I was younger I sneered at this kind of ‘woo woo’ activity, purely out of sheer ignorance.

Luckily I have grown up an awful lot since then and I now see this as a crucial part of my daily routine. Why? Simply because I read and listened to very successful people and it was probably the most common activity that they shared. I gave it a go. I loved it. In all honesty I would like to do…


I can’t remember where I first heard this expression, but it stayed with me for a long time. I have to make a confession here, for a long time I really pushed back against what I considered to be ‘business bullshit’ — the constant noise from numerous sources about how to become a great entrepreneur, how to be successful, how to be a better leader. Blah blah blah. Whatever.

It was only really when I became the sole owner of my agency, Thursday, that I decided I should really try this stuff. It couldn’t all be bullshit, right? The easiest…


After my last story about mindset change, I was asked to expand on these points (thank you Matt Briggs), so I have decided to write about each of the 9 items individually.

It makes sense to me to do this, not in the order that I wrote them, but rather in the order I perform them on a daily basis. So let me start with the first thing I tend to do — making my bed.

As with all of these tips and techniques, none of them are my own. They are things I have learned from listening, reading, watching…


Whilst I have been in Agencyland for 23 years, I really feel that only in recent years have I finally found a way of working that supports my ambitions. The big change after so many years basically came from a huge mindset change for me.

For many years I sat in the background, working with my business partner. I was always the quiet creative in the shadows, supporting where I could but not driving the agency forward. When I took over full ownership of Thursday in 2016 I had to make some big decisions. …


You may recall the 1999 song, Wear Sunscreen (or simply The Sunscreen Song) by Baz Luhrmann. The song is often thought to be from a commencement speech, but was actually an essay written by columnist Mary Schmich. I love this song. Maybe because of when it came out (I was 26 at the time), maybe because I like Baz Luhrmann, but probably because the advice given out is, to my mind, brilliant.

One of the key messages I took from that track is something I still maintain to this day. The line is simply; ‘do one thing every day that…


It seems strange in some ways to think about what we look for in a client here at Thursday. I have been involved in new business for many years now and sales people have a tendency to say “yes” to everything and never lose a sale, particular if that role is the Founder or business owner.

During these financially challenging times any new business win seems like good news but the reality is far from true. The key is finding clients that you can work well with to create not only brilliant and valuable work, but also long-lasting meaningful relationships.

Simon Harmer

Founder of Thursday — a creative studio in Winchester. Published illustrator + author. Believer in all things wonderfully creative + innovative.

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