Today’s Guest: Sandy Cruz

Sandy Cruz is a Graphic Designer, Organizer, Computer Geek, and Instructor/Coach. She loves taking on new projects and is always challenging herself to learn new things. She’s passionate about helping planners like you plan your year so you can live life on your own terms – and go after the big goals that feel meaningful to you. In 1999, she established Everything Custom Drapery & Design which was a full-service interior design studio catering to homeowners and designers. Everything Custom specializes in providing quality custom window treatments, soft furnishings, bedding, blinds/shades, and pillows with outstanding details for the home and business. During that time she developed a paperless system using technology in her business, her personal life, and everything in between. She began to see a need to support others and when word got out she started teaching live and online to large and small groups as well as private consultations. Her personal productivity system was turned into an all-inclusive course “The Paperless Office.” She started teaching through WFCP’s (Window Fashion Certified Professionals) online webinars. Currently “The Paperless Office” is a complete iSeries Six e-course, where students come and learn at their own pace on their own schedule. Her students each have their own virtual classroom with access to all the course content and resources in a comfortable and personal atmosphere where their progress is monitored and where help and support are available at their fingertips (literally) when needed. Since a very early age (3rd grade) she has been a planner. Year after year she looked forward to a fresh new planner. she planned with stickers and sticky notes using every color ink and highlighter imaginable. When she got my very first laptop in the early 2000’s it was ON….she was on a mission to plan digitally but somehow keep a paper look and feel. She got closer and closer as technology grew. In 2007 she purchased a NetBook. Do you remember those? Small enough to fit in your purse and have it with you no matter where you were. She created a template planner that she could use in an application named OneNote. She even purchased some sort of pen gadget that allowed me to feebly write on the NetBook screen. And then 2010 along came the 1st Gen iPad. Do you hear music playing? The gap between paper and digital was finally bridged. The iPlanner was born! Today she is creating courses and developing digital products for those using technology with an emphasis on paperless, productivity, and organization. You can find her online on YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, FB, Hey Sandy Cruz Blog, trade shows, and live presentations for organizations across the United States.

On this episode:

Stacey is joined by graphic designer, coach, and scheduling phenom Sandy Cruz for a conversation on the approach to scheduling, the role of technology in the space, and taking charge of your life through your schedule.

Key Takeaways:

-Planning brings balance.

-Technology is your allie.

-Make room for goals, not just tasks.

Tweetable Quotes:

“I’m a creative. Everyday I get up and have the opportunity to be creative.” -Sandy Cruz

“If you have a purpose, it doesn’t matter how many times you hear no. The yes is inevitable if you don’t give up.” -Stacey O’Byrne

“Planning brings balance to your life.” -Sandy Cruz

“Dreaming up your big goals is the first step. Goals without planning are detrimental to success.” -Stacey O’Byrne


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