May 24, 2016

12-Minute and Your Career (Revisited)


The 12-Minute Series was originally posted in 2012.


We’ve decided to republish it integrally because we believe it can still help as everyone aspires to make things better.

Let’s hope it stirs up the discussion and stimulates you to change the world 12-Minute at a time!




This article was originally posted on November 12, 2012


The 12-Minute Approach offers you a multitude of techniques to improve your job and career.

Here are some ideas we hope will inspire you on the way to becoming real happy and efficient professionals in your respective fields.

Achieve A Little More Each Day

A quick and easy way to start improving right away is to take 12-Minute to accomplish one simple extra action each day.

May 18, 2016

Have You Done Enough Today?

That may summarize the burning questions tormenting your mind…

Am I working hard enough? How can I make sure I’ve accomplished my fair share? Will my day ever end?

Answers to those questions can be quite simple from our 12-Minute perspective: take the habit to complete about 12 significant tasks each day; plenty to keep your projects going but not too much so you won’t get exhausted.

Sure you can do a couple extra actions some days when you have more energy, just remember that at some point, you will need rest, both mentally and physically. Also don’t be too hard on yourself on days you fall a little short.

Using a dozen tasks per day as a point of reference can also be a great way to stay balanced and pace yourself.

Let’s try to illustrate our point of view using Lucy’s story.

May 12, 2016

Portfolio Update May 2016


Note that, as usual, you can expect our next update in about 12 weeks or so, in August 2016.
Meanwhile, you can also have a look at our actual portfolio and previous portfolio updates here:


After a yo-yo start to 2016, markets have rallied back and many Canadian securities have provided solid performance once again.

As a result, many of our existing positions have put up interesting gains and our capital return figures are trying to reverse their trend back up.   

The recent fall of the US dollar still hurt the relative value of our US holdings and affected our overall performance a bit. For some time, we have noticed a negative correlation between the US dollar and the price of resources like oil and indirectly, Canadian stocks. This phenomena has somewhat protected our portfolio from ailing Canadian stock prices in the past year and now from US dollar woes.