Is It Working Yet?

Changing habits can be hard, whether that’s giving up old (and bad) ones or putting in place new (and good) ones.

Is It Working Yet? supports you in your change projects by:

  • providing gentle reminders to check in on whether you change goal is working or not
  • helping you track progress at shifting your habit.

Is It Working Yet?
Habitually helpful support for personal change.


Perhaps you want to cut back on the coffee because you’ve got a hunch you’ll feel a whole lot better if you do.

If you manage to cut out the coffee and you do feel better, then tap on Yes and watch the green part of your pie chart grow.

A pie chart shows your progress to date. In the image, ‘check in’ is open. You just tap to check in.

If you double tap the pie chart, the display will flip to show you a history of your check ins.


Your best chain of Yes check ins is highlighted.

If you are all up to date then you can do an early check in. Your best chain of Yes check ins is highlighted.

You don’t need to go into the app in order to check in. The app will generate notifications on a schedule that you choose. So long as you’ve given the app permission then you can even get notifications when your device is locked.


There is no need to open up the app to check in. If you want to just indicate a Yes or a No then simply slide and tap.

working-4Next time you open the app, your progress log will reflect all the check ins that took place via a notification, either from the lock screen or from a notification that appears on the home screen or in another app.

Check in prompts appear as notifications - no need to go into the app to check in.

Check in prompts appear as notifications – no need to go into the app to check in.

You can slide down the notification to check in.


The Yes and No option are available when checking in via a notification.


A red circle on the progress log icon indicates the app has a log message that you’ve not yet read. Tap the icon to access a report on your progress.


The report screen gives you more detail on your progress to date. You can share progress via Mail, Messages, Facebook or Twitter. You can also add your own personal log entries.

Each goal has its own success bar, as indicated on the report screen. This can be modified depending on the goal. You can also decide the schedule for check ins.

Goal catalogue

The app comes with a catalogue of built in goals. You can use the goal catalogue as a source of ideas, adapt them to your own purpose, or create completely new goals from scratch.



Can I use it on my device?

‘Is It Working Yet?’ will work on:

  • iPhone – iOS version 8.0 or later
  • iPod Touch –  iOS version 8.0 or later
  • iPad –  iOS version 8.0 or later

If your device is too old to run iOS 8.0 then I’m afraid you’re out of luck. ‘Is It Working Yet?’ depends on some of the new features introduced in iOS 8.0 in order to provide notifications when the app is not running.




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Obliquely Productive 3.0.0

My app for overcoming creative blocks and beating down on procrastination has been updated for newer phones, including the 6 and 6+, running the most recent versions of iOS. The last update was a few years ago and given all the radical changes to the iPhone operating system I should probably be pleased that it’s functioned well all this time.

So, while the gremlins introduced by the latest version of iOS were a pain – and have disrupted some loyal users – the good thing is they forced my hand to do an update.

The well-regarded Obliquely Productive content remains the same, but there are new card backgrounds to choose from, better sharing options for Twitter as well as Facebook, and the process of adding your own custom Oblique Nuggets has been streamlined.

If you ever get creatively stuck, then Obliquely Productive might just help you out of a jam.




You may well discover all the features of the app simply through playful exploration. If you prefer, the guidance on this page may help you get the most from the app.

The next nugget

Place your finger on the card and slide it towards the left of the device. You will push the current card off to left and the next card will appear from the right.

Flip the card

Each nugget has more detail on the back of the card. To flip the card either tap on the ‘i’ button at the bottom right of the card or tap the card twice in quick succession.

You can flip a card back by tapping the card twice in quick succession.

Some cards have extra material. Tap on the word ‘Extra’ to reveal this.

A small number of cards also have essays. Tap on word ‘Essay’ to open up and read the essay.


Obliquely Productive lets you give feedback on the nuggets. The app will adjust how frequently it shows you nuggets based on your feedback.

To give feedback touch the action button. It’s on the bottom left of the iPhone / iPod touch and at the top left on the iPad.

Note: in normal use the bar at the bottom will make itself invisible. Just touch on the screen to bring the bar back.


If you like a nugget, why not share it with a pal? Use the standard action / share button at the centre of the tool bar. If you don’t see the buttons on the toolbar, just tap on the screen and they will appear.