Maintain your productivity when working offline.

You don’t have to lose your productivity when you lose internet. 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. Here are some handy tips on how to work offline and still stay productive.

Keep yourself focused.

Your workday isn’t over because your internet went out. Keep your work mentality up even when you can’t access online files. Stick to your regular work hours and don’t let yourself fall for offline distractions — like that new novel you can’t wait to read.

Prepare your online applications.

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 through 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.

Stay connected.

You can’t just disappear when you work offline. Keep your phone handy so you can call and text your coworkers if necessary. You should also let them know that you’re not connected, so they won’t try to reach you through online messages in vain.

Use offline technology.

You need to share the results of your work with your coworkers even if you won’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. For example, Adobe Acrobat DC lets you convert files to PDFs, add comments and annotations, sign documents and forms, and much more offline.

Discover more ways Acrobat DC can help you have a productive work day without internet.