In a year, I will be taking a difficult entrance exam at a renowned postgraduate school. There are many competitors, most of whom are smart. Despite that, I'm aiming at becoming #1 in the exam, and that's why I have started preparing now.
I have interviewed a few top candidates of the past years and already learned which books I should read and how much I should study every day.
I think that learning more about planning would help me a great deal. But those books on planning and goal-setting mostly focus on reaching financial goals. I have not managed to find any books befitting my situation.
Another thing is that, because the duration is quite long, I'm afraid that my enthusiasm may start weakening after a few months into it, no longer performing at my best.
So, here is my question: How can I a make one-year study-plan for myself, and remain motivated in the long run?
Also, any suggestions about books, software, etc. that will help me reaching my goal will be appreciated.