1. Sleep is a long distance relationship
    Or the parent that got weekend custody. I budget 2 nights a week... but doing stand-up, writing a script, or working on a sketch takes all of your off hours. If you can get 6 hours in, you'll be fine until you get to a night off.
  2. Downtime is your time (to shine)
    Some jobs you won't have this luxury. But, if your day job gives you this blessing, do your best to work on your goals. I worked a clerical job at a hospital and we switched computers daily. I wrote everything from outlines to joke ideas in google docs so I could access them anywhere. I was able to respond to e-mails right away too because of this.
  3. Prepare to work after work
    Whether you have downtime or not, you can always prepare your work or leave it ready so the next time you get back to it, you can just jump right in. Bonus: Apply this to food as well. Cooking at home is a big money saver, but prepping and cleaning are always the worst. Leaving something to thaw or leftovers to be reheated can save you a lot of time.
  4. Some days, it doesn't work out
    And that's okay. Day jobs are hard. You'll be too tired or frustrated to want to do anything other than sit at home and decompress. This usually gave me the juice to really work hard the next day or two to make up for it.
  5. Be patient
    To me, this one is crucial. You don't know when you're going to start making a living off writing, acting, stand-up, etc. full time. Sometimes, you'll have to bounce back and forth. It's humbling and motivating.