Welcome! Life In Charge is devoted to providing resources and guidance for taking charge of your life.  Articles range from Health, Finances, and Productivity, to the Mindset required to make these changes.  If you’re ready to take charge of your life, we can help.


Who Started LifeInCharge.com?

Jeffrey James

Speaking at UC Irvine

Hello!  My name is Jeffrey James and I’m the creator of LifeInCharge.com.

For many years I had been frustrated by the gap between where I wanted my life to be, and where it was.  I could see all of the potential avenues to a life of freedom, one where I didn’t feel like I was constantly running on a treadmill — working hard, but getting nowhere.

I’m not lazy, either — I would put in countless hours studying real estate, marketing, investing, and pursuing various side projects.  I wanted to get to a place where I was in control of my greatest asset: my time.

Instead, I spent hours in a cubicle each day increasing my likelihood of getting carpal tunnel.  I wanted a way to break the cycle of work, sleep, pay bills, repeat.

I spent time searching for that elusive magical overnight path to the life I had imagined, even though in the back of my mind I knew it didn’t exist.  And then I had a revelation.

It’s the little things that count.

Okay, so it’s not the most profound realization, but it’s like when something that you’ve known for a long time finally clicks, and it’s like getting smacked in the face with the obviousness and the significance of it all at once.

So, this made me take a different approach.  Rather than spending my entire life trying to find a cosmic shortcut, I should be realistic and use the many shortcuts that I already know.


Now That’s Common Sense.


Wouldn’t you know it, that got me moving in the right direction, and I was able to start seeing results.  I was able to become more productive, get on top of my finances, and find the time to maintain my health.  All by following a few simple principles (along with a few clever tricks, too).

I felt more free than I had in a long time.

Now, I continue to come up with simple and manageable principles to help me stay in charge of my life.  And I’ve created this blog as a place to document everything that I’ve learned.

    • In the Health section, I’ll share what has helped me to stay fit (I was able to run my first marathon in November 2012).  I believe that good health is a big part of feeling free.
    • In the Finances section, I will NOT show you how to “get rich quick”.  I don’t believe this is really possible, aside from winning the lottery or inheriting a huge estate.  And even then, if you don’t know how to manage that money, you’ll quickly find yourself right back where you started.  I WILL share what has helped me to keep control of my monthly finances.  I believe that you must have control of your finances before you will ever feel free.  (And for those that are interested in gradually increasing their income, I will share a few of the best routes that I’ve come across in my research.)
    • In the Productivity section, I will share proven tips and tricks that I use to stay on top of whatever life throws at me.  I believe that you need to know how to get the most out of yourself if you want to feel free.

Remember, life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Take a look around the site — if you aren’t sure where to start, read about the Life In Charge Mindset or browse through our featured posts.  Please leave a comment and I promise to reply!


Taking Charge Together,

Jeffrey James