Tim Ferris was born in the California hills, but has moved around the country since he was a teenager.
He now lives in Southern California and is the co-author of The 4-Hour Workweek, a book about the time it takes to become productive.
The 4-hour workweek Tim Ferress, the author of the popular and highly acclaimed The 4 Hour Workweek (Penguin, 2014), has published a book.
Tim Ferriss and his wife, Kim, who runs the business blog Tim Ferrinis Frugal Living, talk about the 4-hrs-a-day rule for frugality in this interview from the 2014 TED conference.
What’s the 4 hour workweek?
Tim Ferress: The 4 hour working day is a simple idea.
I grew up in California, so I’m familiar with it.
But it’s not a new idea.
When I was a kid, it was really hard.
I’d sleep a lot, I’d be really busy, I was constantly exhausted, I had to wear long pants, I wasn’t good with the computer, I would sit in a chair for hours and hours, I didn’t have time to play with my toys, I spent all my money on my school supplies.
So, I think it was pretty basic, but it was a pretty common experience.
My parents had to take me to the park for lunch.
I went to school in the morning and sat in the back, I just didn’t like being in the middle of the day.
I was really lucky that my parents had me, so that’s what I did.
But I guess they didn’t really teach me how to be productive or how to think outside the box.
They just let me do whatever I wanted to do.
So I just did whatever I liked and didn’t think about it.
But now I have kids, and they’ve grown up.
And they know I like to do things, so they want me to do the same thing.
So they have more money and I’ve had to think more about what I want to do with it, but the same basic thing.
They’ve given me the opportunity to be more creative and to be less procrastinating, and I really appreciate that.
I have a lot of fun doing it.
I don’t have to worry about having to buy groceries every day.
That’s not the same as doing the same things I did as a kid.
But there are some things I don (not) do anymore.
Kim Ferriss: It’s not really that difficult.
We actually go to the grocery store, we go to McDonalds, we have to pick up all the boxes and bring them to our house, so we can get groceries.
So it’s easier than I think we thought.
There are certain things I do now that I would never have thought of.
For example, my mom always makes the best lasagna, because she makes a lot.
I would have never thought of making a lasagna like that.
So that’s just one of those things that I really enjoy doing.
I also do a lot more writing, which is something I didn, as a child, do.
But now I’m learning a lot about how to write, and it’s definitely a learning process.
Is there a rule for the 4 hours a day rule?
I guess that’s a good question.
There are definitely things that you do, but I think what I would say is that it’s a little bit like a discipline.
It’s like, “Oh, this is how you have to be.”
There’s no specific time limit.
You can do whatever you want.
But you have some specific things that are kind of important.
One of the things is, I try to be very disciplined in the kitchen.
So you have your fork and knife, and you have a couple of utensils and a dishwasher.
I like the dishwasher, and so I have it set up the way that I want it.
And I think you’re not going to want to leave your house until you get it done.
And so I want my kids to know that you have that, and that’s it.
They can go to their room, they can go play outside, they have access to all that stuff.
So there are certain other things that we try to keep to.
We try to do dishes that are really, really good, and then just leave them alone and make it up as we go along.
So we try not to do anything that you can’t control.
I think there’s no hard and fast rule.
I’m just saying that you just have to figure out what you’re going to do when it’s time to go do it.