I love Some E-cards because of the true, but snarky insight into the world, especially when it comes to social media.

My own biggest social media fail? The space-time vortex of Facebook, Twitter, etc known as The Timesuck. (Dun dun duhhhhhhhhhhn)

Checked email, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Ready to start my day. Oh, look. It's lunch time.

Uh-oh. How many times has this happened to you?

Last year I’m pretty sure I wrote more words on social media than I did on my WIPs. Woops.

But I had to build my platform, right? Ugh. How to combine writing and being on social media…

Coffee Breaks.

Yep, you read that right. The key to getting both done was – no, not more caffeine, but taking ten to fifteen minute breaks in my writing flurry to let my brain have a break and get my online socializing done at the same time.

Here’s what I came up with.

The Coffee Break Mentality

1. Pick one social media site and be really good at it. Only after you’re comfortable using that one (and doing it well, not being a spammer) pick a couple more to pop onto every once in a while.

2. Take Social Media Coffee Breaks. When you sit down to write, it’s a good idea to take a brain break, get up from your desk, grab a drink and stretch at least once an hour. When you do that take a few minutes of your break to check in on your favorite social media platform. Say hi to a few people, post a funny Some e-card and by the time you’ve finished your coffee (or Mountain Dew or Earl Grey) you’ve done a great job on social media and it’s time to get back to writing.

I had a lot of things to do but, then I checked my Tumblr and now I don't know what day it is.

Don’t be a Some E-card meme. If you’re wasting time ‘phaffing’ about on social media try my Coffee Break Mentality. Start with those two ideas and if you want more, check out The Coffee Break Guide to Social Media for Writers: How To Be Successful on Social Media and Still Have Time to Write.

***Comments and Contests***

I do love to hear from you and I also love to spread the Coffee Break love. Three lucky commenters or link-backers in January will win an e-book copy of The Coffee Break Guide to Social Media which was released November 15th, 2013. I’ll draw a winner at the end of the month and announce here on the blog on February 1st. Be sure to check back to see if you won!

Good luck!

Amy Denim