Put it into action

Let’s get to the part where the magic happens. You already know we’re in behavior modeling mode now. Below, we’ll help you get the most out of reward loops in the design, experimentation, and feedback phases.

Motivational Interviewing Guide →

  • Go to "File" → "Make a Copy"
  • The "Prompts" tab is probably the best reference for application ideas below.


Work & Personal Experiment Design

Fortunately, sketching out a basic version of an interview is not a ton of work, though fine-tuning it and doing a multiple choice-heavy version for digital versions can be.

Incorporating MI into your Work
Try to identify a part of the experience you're working on that could benefit from an MI-based approach. The candidates here tend to be the initial / onboarding experience and recurring check-ins where progress is assessed.

If this is a person-guided interaction, write a script for how it might go. If it's a digital UX, create a script (bullet points for branching) or wireframe for a basic MI-based version. You don't have to cover every possible answer or pathway.

If there's nothing that's obvious, you could do a script for new hires to your team, a performance review, or any other application that makes sense.

Designing Motivation for Yourself
Build a script that helps you walk through reasons you stopped or failed at a behavior in the past. Reflect on your reasons for starting, identify a a vivid/emotive goal state, and come up with a new plan (with foresight around potential barriers). Check the template for prompt ideas to get started. After writing the script, legitimately answer the questions (in your head, in an audio note, or in writing). Think about what questions motivated you more than others, and why.

And bonus points if you actually do the thing!

Zoom, Loom, and Slack

  • If there are any questions you have about this week’s lesson, ask them on Slack and or have them ready for Thursday’s Zoom call
  • You can also drop us requests for feedback on any document, design, or personal/work experiment that relates to behavior change, and we'll do our best to respond with a short video. Feel free to send a Loom link yourself (~5 min or less).
  • You can request feedback that’s public or private, but we’ll prioritize public so more people can learn from each others’ work.


That's it for week 4. Let's go design some motivation and experiments!