Dr. David Delnegro MST USMLE Tutor
I always say prepare for the worst times in the best times. Awfully hard to make more lifeboats when you are sinking in the middle of the North Atlantic, and whatnot.
Write your study schedule as if you will be 70% efficient every day. That gives you plenty of wiggles if you get sick or burned out. Falling behind is the worst.
Also, look at mental health and wellness and set goals for it like you would UWorld Questions. 8 hours of sleep, 30 minutes a day of exercise, natural light in the morning, etc.
Test-taking is similar to a sport, and you are similar to an athlete. OVertraining can hurt you with Step just like sports. Look at this incredible ESPN expose on Chess Champ Magnus Carlsen and his training routine: