Getting the most from AUTO weighting

Perhaps the greatest source of IRUNURUN’s power is its simplicity. One of the tool’s most powerful features, however, is often overlooked…AUTO action weighting. Here are 4 tips to using AUTO weighting to drive behavior change.

If you do nothing more than track how consistently you complete 5 to 7 key actions or behaviors that align your efforts with your goals, you will likely experience life change. That is the simple power behind IRUNURUN.

Yet, the truth is that no two actions are created equal. Some actions will always be harder to do consistently than others. This is why actions can be weighted in IRUNURUN.

By weighting some actions more heavily than others, you create both additional incentive for doing the more heavily-weighted actions and a built-in penalty if you don’t. Brilliant, right!?

But how do you know which actions will be harder to do consistently than others? Sure, if a few of your actions call on you to do what you do best (strengths-based action development) and one or two require you to shore up weaknesses, it is easy to see which actions require greater incentive to get done.

But, I have found this not to be quite so straightforward. For me, one of my easiest, most enjoyable actions is still the hardest for me to do consistently (getting home by 6:15pm twice a week).

Rather than guess, we suggest utilizing the full power of the system. Let the data direct your weights. Here’s how it works.

1. Start with AUTO weighting. We recommend for your initial 4 Week Challenge or even longer, start out using the built-in AUTO weighting mode. Auto weighting is designed to come up with the weights for each of the actions for you. You simply designate each action as ‘High’, ‘Medium’, or ‘Low’. The High actions will be weighted with twice as many points as the Medium actions, which will be weighted with twice as many points as the Low. For starters, just leave all of the actions marked ‘H’ for High.

2. Work for at least 4-12 weeks. Now try to perform your actions as consistently as possible over at least a period of 4 weeks. On an ongoing basis, we recommend running your actions and weights for a quarter at a time, with a week at the end of each quarter to taper (mix things up, back off).

3. Analyze the data. Now assess how well you did. If you are using the Enterprise (“Directed”) version of the app, have one of your Admins download your performance history from the Admin screen into Excel. For each action, calculate the average and standard deviation for each action. The data that is downloaded is the percent complete by action by week. So regardless of what your actions are, the data will allow you to perform a simple analysis of how well you did (your average percent complete for each action) and how consistently you did it (your standard deviation represents your average variation in the percent complete from one week to the next).

4. Adjust the weights. First, adjust all of the actions to Medium weight. By itself, this won’t change anything, since they will also still be weighted equally.

Next, look for any actions on which you averaged over 100%. Great work! The good news is that you did this action even more often than you set out to do. The bad news is that it may be serving as a “crutch”, by giving you more points each week than you intended to earn and hiding the fact that another action may be getting neglected.

Crutch actions need to either get stretched (think about how you could make this action a bit harder; raise the target? Refine the action?). If you think the action is just right and you want to keep it on your dashboard, at least lower the weight from Medium to Low. This will cause the other actions to be weighted more heavily…creating a great

Next, look for any actions on which you averaged less than 70%. This isn’t good. You aren’t consistently getting to this action enough to create momentum. Therefore, give it more emphasis by bumping its weight up to High.

Finally, look for any actions on which your standard deviation was greater than 50. These are actions you are doing some weeks and not others. Wide variance means inconsistency. Consider marking these actions up to High to create greater incentive to do them each week.

Now repeat. This process is iterative. If you’ve just completed one cycle, you are just at the beginning of your journey to greater focus and consistency. Repeat this process every 12 weeks so that your score will not only reflect your performance, it will actually help drive your performance.

What about Manual weighting? We’ll cover that in another post!