Meditation Helper

Meditation Helper


A meditation timer which allows you to set a target for the length of time you want to meditate each day. It includes a widget that displays the number of consecutive days you have hit the target. It is thus useful not only as a timer, but also as a tool to help motivate you to meditate regularly.

The widget is my implementation of Jerry Seinfeld's productivity secret (http://lifehacker.com/281626/jerry-seinfelds-productivity-secret):

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"He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself—even when you don't feel like it.

He revealed a unique calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write. Here's how it works.

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. "After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."

"Don't break the chain," he said again for emphasis."
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The chain in this case is the number of consecutive days that you have hit your meditation target. The widget displays both the current chain, and the longest ever chain. Having this on my home screen motivates me to meditate every day. Your mileage may vary.

The bell sound in the app is by Jan McLaughlin at http://janmclaughlin.tv/.

Recent changes:
Fixed bug which stopped finishing bell from ringing if it clashed with an interval bell.
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About Meditation Helper
A meditation timer which allows you to set a target for the length of time you want to meditate each day. It includes a widget that displays the number of consecutive days you have hit the target. It is thus useful not only as a timer, but also as a tool to help motivate you to meditate regularly.

The widget is my implementation of Jerry Seinfeld's productivity secret (http://lifehacker.com/281626/jerry-seinfelds-productivity-secret):

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"He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself—even when you don't feel like it.

He revealed a unique calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write. Here's how it works.

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. "After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."

"Don't break the chain," he said again for emphasis."
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The chain in this case is the number of consecutive days that you have hit your meditation target. The widget displays both the current chain, and the longest ever chain. Having this on my home screen motivates me to meditate every day. Your mileage may vary.

The bell sound in the app is by Jan McLaughlin at http://janmclaughlin.tv/.

Recent changes:
Fixed bug which stopped finishing bell from ringing if it clashed with an interval bell.

User reviews of Meditation Helper
nice app, very useful for me.
Aug 3, 2011
Perfect app for meditation or concentration/willpower training.
Mar 27, 2011
Simple and effective. Exactly what I wanted.
Jan 17, 2011
Android Market Comments
A Google User
Jan 22, 2015
Excellent meditation app
A Google User
Jan 16, 2015
Almost perfect The only drawback for me is the bell sound, I find it a bit too long and annoying. It would be good if we had a choice.
A Google User
Jan 15, 2015
Loved it. Thanks for the app. I have been using it for awhile now. I have used it on moto g and galaxy ace before and it worked perfectly. Somehow the bells are ringing a tad bit late on xiaomi note 4g. Could you please please fix it. I totally love this app. Thanks. :)
A Google User
Jan 14, 2015
Great little app So simple, does what it says on the tin. It is a definite motivator _ I'm on 39 days and don't want to go back to 0!!
A Google User
Jan 12, 2015
Great app! Helpful tool. Even in the free version the developers fix problems quickly and respond to the reviewer.