One needs to chance his/her life and simply tries. To give certain advice that makes general sense for many in facing problems is not possible, and if wished to talk in personal, one may free to ask in way of talk, public or in areas where only practicing exchange personal things if wished, here given.
It's how ever not a problem to keep parts or all eight precepts permanent for lay people.
Note also that there have been not given any advices or rules in detail to lay person by the Buddha, since such a practice actually can only be explained who do and there have been many, not so today.
So any commentaries are prepared from certain monk rules and do not really match the precept but are counteracts of problem in regard of tendencies in the Sangha at this time.
You may also talk to Upasaka Akila about feedback, who did such merits for a week successful some weeks ago, in way of respectul talk.
[Next time, you do good to generally approach Monks and Nuns proper]
(Note: This is a Gift of Dhamma and not meant for any commercial purpose or other worldly gain.)