The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - >editorial -

Liv­ing in a place or eter­nal sum­mer­time, it can be hard to be pro­duc­tive all the time. I blame two things: the weather, and pre­tend­ing that tech­nol­ogy helps to stream­line things. Sure, hav­ing the A/C helps, a lot, but elec­tric­ity is ex­pen­sive here, and I al­ways feel guilty for us­ing it since it zaps up a ton of energy. Then there are apps, e-cal­en­dars and email that al­low us to con­nect to ev­ery­one, ev­ery­thing all the time and are there to make life eas­ier and hap­pier. Tech­nol­ogy is ad­dic­tive, and it can at times feel like be­ing hand­cuffed to your beau­ti­fully de­signed BFF. And then when the in­ter­net, or the com­puter crashes, oh boy! It is re­lent­less.

The only so­lu­tion is to break away from it all from time to time, en­gag­ing in the ol’ school lifestyle of only con­nect­ing face to face, and in­flict­ing self-dis­ci­pline. No TV, no Send but­ton, no Re­ply All, no hash­tags. It seems ridicu­lous that it would be hard to do, es­pe­cially for grown adults.

The best part of liv­ing in Mexico is that there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to let your hair down and de­clut­ter your life. Mexico has a lot to of­fer, in terms of whole­some frills, smells, fla­vors, sounds and col­ors to keep you en­ter­tained. You don’t need gad­gets and giz­mos.

Most places are open till late, or never close at all, so you can easily avoid the mid­day sun. Head out to any part in or out of town, and you will see peo­ple gen­uinely hav­ing a great time. I never hear peo­ple shout­ing or fight­ing in the streets, and no one -once they are out and about- is stressed. Plus, there are a bounty of lo­ca­tions to just sit and peo­ple watch, as well as try de­li­cious food.

Some­times, the only tool you need is to step out and do some­thing new and have a mo­ment to be sans-tech­nol­ogy. That way when you go back to your e-BFF you will al­ready be in your happy place - or you will at least be a lit­tle more pro­duc­tive for hav­ing dis­con­nected.

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