Outlook "Work Offline" Mode
It can be difficult to work effectively when new information is constantly popping up on your computer screen. For example, if you find yourself distracted by new emails while trying to respond thoughtfully to current ones, it may be helpful to work “offline”. Microsoft Outlook has the option to work offline, which simply means you are not connected to your email server, so no new emails will come in and ones you’ve written won’t go out. While it may seem counterintuitive, some people find this helpful and allows them to focus on one task at a time. Instead of being distracted by new emails, you can allow yourself time to respond to old ones, update your calendar, and tidy up your inbox. Once you’re ready, simply uncheck Work Offline, then click Send/Receive.