Tips for working offline and staying productive.

A woman uses her laptop to stay productive while working offline.

You don’t have to lose your productivity when you lose your internet connection. Learn how to work offline and stay efficient.

We work remotely practically all the time, whether through Wi-Fi or mobile connections. But sometimes, you might want to disconnect and cut out all the distractions the internet brings — or a network blackout might force you offline. Even though it’s counterintuitive, it’s possible to learn how to work offline and stay productive in this world of constant connectivity. Here are some handy tips on how to work offline and still stay productive.

1. Stay focused while working offline.

Your workday isn’t over because your internet went out.

2. Prepare your apps to work offline.

Many email and online file storage apps have an offline function that lets you use them even without an internet connection. You won’t be able to send messages or upload files, but you can browse and work on existing emails and documents. Your apps’ support documents should tell you how to prepare them for working offline. Just remember to activate the offline mode before you cut your connection.

3. Stay connected while working offline.

You can’t just disappear when you work offline. Find a way to let people know how to reach you.

4. Use offline technology to work offline.

You need to share the results of your work with your coworkers even if you don’t upload it immediately to the cloud. Buy an external hard drive to take your files with you to the office or for increased storage space if your remote devices don’t have enough room to store and manage additional files. You can also prepare by installing applications that work without an internet connection.

Unsung benefits of being able to work offline

Disconnecting from the online realm offers surprising advantages that can significantly enhance productivity. By embracing offline work, you can tap into various unsung benefits that foster focus, creativity, and overall efficiency.

With Adobe Acrobat, you can comment on and annotate PDFs, fill forms, add e-signatures, compress and convert files, and more — all without the internet. Discover more ways Acrobat can help you have a productive work day without the internet.