It seems we’re always wrestling with our email inboxes. But Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano just gave up the fight all together. She doesn’t use email. From Politico:
“I think email just sucks up time,” Janet Napolitano told an incredulous group of reporters on Tuesday, speaking at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.
“In many respects, in a job like mine, it’s inefficient,” Napolitano said, noting that she is briefed by staff frequently and prefers to use the phone for much of her work. “I stopped using email when I was attorney general of Arizona. I was like, ‘Why am I spending my time scrolling through this?’”
Napolitano’s preference has us wondering, is it better that powerful people are unreachable via email? Or does Napolitano’s tactic simply create more work for everyone around her?