By Rich Henderson
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
• The tiny mindfulness bell for your Mac
"Perfect." - Leo Babauta, zenhabits.net
• Mindful Mynah plays a sound of your choosing, repeatedly, at an interval of your choosing.
What you use the reminder for is up to you.
Some people get distracted easily, and want to be reminded to stay on task.
For others, distraction is not the problem. They want to be reminded to take regular breaks.
Some people just want a reminder to bring them back to the present moment:
"What are you doing right now? Is it still what you intended to be doing?"
• Simple, minimal interface
Select a sound, set the reminder interval, go. Mindful Mynah stays out of your way. On the Mac, the app lives in your menu bar. On iOS, the app can run in the background as you go about your day.
Mindful Mynah comes with a selection of reminder sounds, all kinds: sharp, soft, dry, resonant.
Some prefer a metallic sound that hangs in the air and creates a sense of stillness, like the church bell or Tibetan singing bowl.
Others like a drier, more organic sounding reminder, like handclap or knock.
Try them all out and see which ones work best for you, or select Random Sound for a surprise each time.
• Remind Me
You can set the reminder interval from one minute to two hours.
If you are using Mindful Mynah to remind yourself to take regular breaks, you might only want to hear a reminder once or twice every hour.
If your goal is to stay mindful of the present moment, or to stay on task, reminders once every few minutes might be needed, at least to begin with, or on days when you find it especially difficult to focus.
You may find that you need less frequent reminders as your mindfulness improves!
• Happy Customers
Leo Babauta at zenhabits featured the Mac version of Mindful Mynah in his Essential Mac Setup article, calling it "Perfect."
"Your app is so... unpretentious...simple... but it brings a little space of serenity in me every time I hear the sound of the koto, the tibetan singing bowl or the dulcimer (my 3 favorite ones...)" - Arnaud, Belgium.
"Mindful Mynah pulls you away from distractions with a gentle tone." - Lifehacker review.
"I just found out about Mindful Mynah to combat my ADD. This is probably the best $2 I've ever spent." - @rninh
"Mindful Mynah has been a wonderful addition to my working day." - Jennifer, UK
"Today has been one of those days that I appreciate the Mindful Mynah app on my desktop. #breathe" - @trudeanstudents
"Love the subtle call to attention, and the flexibility this app provides … well worth the menu bar real estate."
"Simplicity at its finest. Thank you!"
"Mindful Mynah is a very simple app, but nonetheless it has a huge impact on the daily productivity at work and my well-being"
- Mac App Store reviews
Celesta • new!
Gong • new!
Shimmer • new!
Thump • new!
Tibetan Singing Bowl
Tick tock • new!
What's New in Version 1.9.5
• Fixed Help window positioning
• Updated Support URL
Useful but could be better
It would be great if it could recognize when I’ve walked away from the computer for a period of time and then restart the countdown. Otherwise it’s only telling me when an hour is up. Not telling me when I haven’t moved for an hour.
Elegant and useful
Mindful Mynah is one of those apps that does what it does exceedingly well.
With MM’s eight different types of natural sounds and a simple interface that clips to the top of your screen, you can do everything from use this as a mediation timer or depend on it to keep track of work hours.
I’ve been using MM for over a year, and I've found it so useful that I actually bought the phone app too.
Get it—you won’t regret it.
This does an excellent job of inviting mindfulness at any interval that I desire. For those interested, the Tibetan Bowl sounds more like a metal spoon hitting a metal pan lid; while the Church Bell sounds like a beautiful Tibetan Bowl that resonates sound.