Think about it for two years before the admissions deadline and contact friends at Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, and anywhere else you have connections.
Compare yourself to them but do it without all the details, like their past work experience, grades, and test scores. Determine that you have better qualifications in some areas, worse in others, and that there are parts you just don’t know about (references, SOP, etc).
Contact your friend on the admissions committee of one of your schools, you know, the one with the Harvard MBA under his belt.
Now this step is critical: wait until one month before the Round 1 deadline to start your GMAT preparation. Don’t actually schedule the test, please. Just ask your friends what the test was like, and maybe crack open a test prep book. Whatever you do, please don’t take a sample test or anything equally productive.
Since that is out of the way, now take a break, you deserve it.
When you decide it is time to “restart” your applications, be sure you have missed the Round 1 deadlines in September to start thinking about your applications. Since you haven’t actually looked at any of the essay questions yet, you can only start thinking about what famous person or high ranking government official you can get to write you a reference (never mind you have never worked with them directly and at most, they may have seen your name as a contributor to a report somewhere).
So now it is late September and you reach out to an expert to help you. Be sure the reason for your choice of schools (“They are famous”) are as clear as your career plans (“If I don’t get the high position I deserve, I will leave government and go to the private sector in consulting or something”).
Please continue to ignore the applications and whatever you do, don’t bother looking at the essay questions. They will be easy enough to whip out in a few minutes and don’t require any real thought.
Ignoring the essays, gives you lots of time to consider what you will write in your reference letters before you get them signed by the “authors”.
Anyway, good luck with your applications, you’ll need it.
If you are serious about your goals, really put some thought into your plan and act accordingly. If your sense of arrogance or entitlement stands in the way of you putting in quality applications, you don’t have much of a chance with the apps or with lots of other things either.