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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  46 reviews
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Published (first published February 28th 2011)
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May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I normally pooh-pooh this kind of thing as new age mumbo jumbo, but this is a book that's perfect for anyone living a normal ordinary life who wants to make the most of every day. From the very first suggestion - Boxing Day, a day every month when you do whatever you want - through to setting goals and actually finding the time to achieve them, this book is full of ideas that you will really want to do, rather than airy fairy concepts that you know will never make it off the pages of the book. P ...more
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Are you unhappy with your life? Do you wish that you could take a happy pill and things would magically be like sunshine and rainbows? Well it can be. Ok, so maybe not really but you do deserve to be happy. We all do!

In author, Peter Jones book, How to Do Everything and Be Happy, Mr. Jones helps provide you with the tools to make some changes in your life and start doing the things you want to do and not what you have to do. First off, I do want to warn you that Mr. Jones does not make you promi
Elizabeth Ducie
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There's not a huge amount of new theory in this great little book; in fact anyone who's familiar with time management, SMART objectives and project management will recognise much of it. What makes it different is Peter Jones' wonderful style. He's chatty, he's approachable, he's very funny - but he knows how to be hard-hitting too. He tells it how it is - achieving your goals (assuming you've managed to work out what they are) isn't easy; it takes hard work - but it CAN be done. I'm usually very ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know there are lots of "self help" books out there! This one actually makes you sit down and look at the ways you can (and should) carve time out of your life to do the things you ENJOY instead of just the things we have to do! I loved it! ...more
Margaret Mary
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very upbeat, yet realistic book.
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Let’s head straight for the pressing question:
Do self-help guides help you help yourself?

Not if you’re me, no, they don’t.
Actually I’m bound to tell people that if there’s a superfluous genre of books then it has to be self-help guides.
This simply lies in the nature of the product, because most self-help guides I read – and I read quit a few, as you’ll notice if you check my shelves – can be summoned up as saying:
If your life needs to change, change it.

Now, if I could do that I wouldn’t read th
Linda Parkinson-Hardman
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this eBook on a whim and because I was looking for an 'answer' to the eternal problem of what shall I do with my life. Whilst I didn't get the answer I expected, I got one that was far more appropriate for me and my love of being in control and writing lists. I now have a 'Now List', a 'Wish List' and three goals that I am working on. This is far more than I have ever done before and consequently I feel like I'm finally back in control of my life and my happiness. Peter's simple appr ...more
Lyn Richards
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book by Peter Jones. It was well written and easy to read. As I read the book it was so easy to put the tips and advice into action and start seeing results right away.

I thoroughly recommend this book, it will change the way in which you look at your time and what you want to achieve in the time you have.

Life is short, make the most of it.
Rachael Quinn
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
Straight up, I liked this book. I am not going to lie here. It was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a book that would help me get a grip on my endless to do list and not make me consider moving into a shack in the woods by midweek every week. I expected a book about how to get everything done, no do everything. Those are two vastly different things. When I realized that Jones wasn’t necessarily help me with those things, I still kept reading because I’m a fiend for happiness books and, ...more
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
So far am really enjoyingig this book. I tried a sample on my Kindle and then ended up downloading it all. I especially like that it's not another "this is how you balance kids, spouse, carpooling, etc..." book. I don't have any of those so books that are targeted there don't help me much. He's fun to read, too. Especially the flotation deprivation experience and his obvious admiration for Mariah Carey cover albums (sarcasm intended).
Will it make your life deleriously happy? Probably not. But t
An enjoyable read and certainly contained some interesting ideas. However, I don't expect I'll be implementing anything from this book. For example:
~ If you don't already use some kind of calendar/scheduling system, no wonder your life is chaotic
~ The idea of a 'boxing day' once a month (where you wake up and do exactly what you please) is totally unrealistic. Even if I were to schedule such a thing, I know I'd wake up and take care of to-do's instead. I'm pretty sure Mr Jones' self-employed sta
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, life gets away from us. We start out life with all these hopes and dreams. As a kid, we assume that good things will happen to us. Deep down we believe that happiness and success are our destiny. Yet, there’s a moment when we realize that the life we dreamed about isn’t the life we live.

How to Do Everything and Be Happy is a bit of a wakeup call. If there is something in life you want to do or you want to change your life in some small or large way, now is the time to do it. Life is
Nikki Bywater
Have you ever thought that you are not satisfied with the way your life is going? Would you like to do something about your situation and work to become happier?

If you are looking to improve your life and get the best out of it and to make life happier, then this is the book for you.

Peter Jones writes this self-help book in a simple easy to follow step by step guide. It is written with good humour that makes it an enjoyable read and learning progress thanks to the warm and witty words. It has so
Wendy Steele
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So many self-help books say 'THIS IS THE WAY!' but Peter Jones says 'Hi there, I'd like to share some stuff with you, stuff that's worked for me' so, as a reader, one can do it all or just utilise the sections that need working on in your own life.

Read it all first, of course, but then there are so many options and ideas that you can apply to you....that's the beauty in's all about YOU!

This book is for everyone who wants more happiness in there life. As a working mum, to make space in
Jane Ayres
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Refreshing to find a self-help book which avoids much of the usual jargon - and British humour too! I used to be a bit of a SH book addict so have read quite a few in the past. I enjoyed this. Lots of practical advice and suggestions (much of which I practise already, which was interesting!). I'm a big fan of using diaries and writing stuff down, like the author. Easy to read and written with a light touch but also the impression that the writer really does care about his readers. Genuine and he ...more
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
A self-help book that is sensible, practical and realistic. Peter Jones tells it like it is, but at the same time, tells you how it can be!

As someone who lives in a permanent state of disorganisation, this was the perfect guide to ensuring that I get to do what I need to do, as well as making time to do the things that I didn't think I had time to.

Inspiring, motivating, and encouraging.

I'm off to write on my wall planner now!
Louise Nguyen
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Peter makes some really good points in this book which I've tried to apply to my life, specifically positive self talk. I should have read this book in the 2 week time frame he recommended, but was pleased that he summarised his points in the final chapter.

At times I felt he waffled on a bit, but I guess there will be readers that will not grasp simple concepts unless it is shoved in their faces
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book, and the author has such a cheerful tone that it's hard not to like it. I don't really expect anything new from such books, but I was wrong in this case. I don't know if following his advice will make me happier, but there were some good tips on achieving goals. And since I am always looking for material to share with students, I was quite satisfied with my purchase. ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Set goals. Then do them. Don't forget to give yourself some downtime. Voila! Instant happiness! Why do I keep reading these lousy books? Just because a book is free on the kindle doesn't mean I have to read it! ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Skimmed. Some useful information about scheduling impetuosity and so forth. Could have been shorter--I get the feeling that his blog might be a better medium for this information, and he's doing this book to make money. Nothing wrong with that, but... meh. ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I can call this book more friendly. To learn the way to reach happiness. Everyone know happiness sometimes based on achievement, this book help you to achieve your wishlist The journey of the book look so casual. and impressed.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plenty of ideas to evaluate and improve your life and happiness.

Take time to figure out what you want and then make time to do that.

Basic principles presented in a realistic way b
Fairy-fay Thomson
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Practical, funny, focused. Easy to use & once you start making lists, it feels like the world's your oyster ...more
Conrad Toft
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The dry, British humour of this one is probably too much for some people but their is some great advice wrapped up in an amusing package.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good read with practical advise - wait and see what the outcome of my first Boxing Day is......................
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun book by Brit Peter Jones. I will be incorporating some of the ideas from the book. Refreshing read.
Harsha Sannareddy
May 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Worth Reading...

When you are looking for these kind of books. it's better to choose Robin Sharma books...
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book when I use to live in Japan, when I was overworked to exhaustion and had a mountain of things I wanted to do in my life, but no time. The title of the book just spoke to me and I impulse-bought it.

The method proposed by Peter Jones to do everything in life revolves around creating days for doing things impulsively, for doing things that require planning, and for doing things that require perseverance. He advocates using a diary to safeguard your time and smart tracking of you
Regina Meehan-simunek
How to do everything and be happy. By Peter Jones

Mr Jones has a great sense of humor which I enjoyed. I certainly felt hanging out with him would be a great time. The book started of encouraging but then I found it was reading like an info video - Mr. Jones kept repeating himself. It was as though he needed to have a certain number of pages and fell short so he added some by repeating himself ... a lot. Then it started to sound like organization projects that just created clutter and clutter mak
Namgyal Dorje
This is a great book to read. It gives you some practical ideas to go ahead and make your wishes and goals become reality. However, a lot of readers might feel that they already know many points and ideas mentioned in this book. Nevertheless this book will remind you a lot of things that you have been ignoring or have forgot completely. As the title suggests, if you read this book thoroughly and follow the steps given in it, you will be able to do almost everything you have been wishing to do, w ...more
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Peter Jones started professional life as a particularly rubbish graphic designer, followed by a stint as a mediocre petrol pump attendant. After that he got embroiled in the murky world of credit card banking. Fun times.
Nowadays, Peter spends his days writing, or talking about writing.

He’s written three novels; a Rom-Com (Romantic Comedy), A Crim-Com (Crime Comedy), and a Rom-Com-Ding-Dong (A so

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