When it comes to working and productivity, effective strategies vary from person to person. Some people thrive in a noisy and bustling work environment, for example, while others need to isolate themselves in a quiet area to work most effectively. One of the many benefits of working from home is that you can customize your workspace, workflow and routine according to your own needs and preferences to see what truly makes you work harder, better, faster and happier. In the spirit of promoting great ideas and great works, here are some productivity-boosting ideas for your home workspace that can help get your gears turning. Try them out and let us know what works for you. We would love to hear what helps you get and stay productive! Invest in quality high-speed internet This might seem like a no-brainer, but getting a reliable, fast internet connection will decrease frustration and increase your output. The Federal Trade Commission has a great explainer on the different types of high-speed internet services (the types of internet services available to you depends on what technology your local providers offer), along with a list of questions to ask when shopping around for an internet provider. Research your options and get the best quality high-speed internet for your budget. Improve your workflow with productivity apps There are plenty of apps out there right now that are specifically designed to help you manage your projects and boost your productivity. Websites like Forbes.com and Lifehacker.com offer suggestions for their top productivity apps, but here are a few tried and true (and free!) ones that we think are particularly good: Trello Trello helps you easily and visually organize your professional or personal projects. Whether it's managing a team, writing web content or making a shopping list, Trello will help you get things done and stay organized. Bonus tip: Sync your Trello assignment due dates with your Google calendar using this tutorial. Slack If you’re leading a team from home, Slack allows you to organize your team conversations in open channels. You can also make a channel for individual projects or topics and everyone will have a transparent view of what’s going on, without cluttering up individual inboxes. Slack is free with options for paid upgrades. Bonus tip: definitely download the desktop app — as opposed to just logging into Slack online — for the best user experience. Evernote Like Trello, Evernote also helps you organize your personal and professional projects. Evernote allows you to take notes, create to-do lists and save things you find online, then syncs everything between your phone, tablet and computer automatically. Dashlane Dashlane is — in a word — a lifesaver. It offers a secure way to keep track of all of your passwords and lets you log in to all of your frequently used websites automatically, even across browsers. Gone are the days of hunting down or keeping a separate spreadsheet of the various passwords you use to perform your everyday tasks. Get Organized Purge any unnecessary papers and clutter and set up an organizational system that works best for you. HGTV has some great ideas on setting up color coded filing systems, categorizing your workspace materials and setting up home “inboxes”. Pinterest is also a great resource for browsing organizational ideas that may work for your home workspace. To help your paper purging process, the Simply Home Organized blog gives you an easy breakdown of how long you should hold onto different types of important paperwork. Use reconfigurable furnishings According to Houzz.com’s 7 Ways to Make Your Home Office Work Better For You, your professional performance will improve if you have control over your work environment. Try to give yourself options that increase your ability to move around as you work: rolling chairs, a standing desk (lifehacker has a great article on how to shop for or make one) and multiple work surfaces that allow you the freedom to switch positions and approach projects from a fresh perspective. Dress to impress (even if nobody can see you) It’s tempting to get into the habit of working in sweat pants and a t-shirt every day when you work from home and don’t have to worry about office dress codes or in-person client meetings. Being able to dress casually and comfortably is a great benefit of working from home, but as personal stylist Jill Marinelli points out, there is such a thing as being too comfortable. “I often dress super-casual when working from home and enjoy the comfort and flexibility that working from home allows,” Jill said, when we reached out to her for her thoughts. “However, when I have an important conference call, I put on a dress and heels (however ridiculous that may sound). When you look good, you feel good, and that comes across — even when someone can't see you.” Bonus tip from Jill: “Power posing” can also a great tool to boost confidence and productivity. Give it a shot before your next home conference call. Have your own advice for staying organized and productive in a work from home environment? Tweet them at us and we’ll publish a follow-up blog post with bonus tips from our readers.