Here’s what I would do:
1-read the latest CCIE study guide
2-completely cover each technology separately (for example cover EIGRP from A to Z)
That means reading the related courses, doing the related labs and taking the related exams (make sure you completely understand the answers)
3- setup a home lab by either buying the hardware (if you can afford it) or just 2 switches that you connect to your routers in GNS3.
4- Pick a lab workbook for full-scale CCIE labs (all technologies integrated in an 8-hour lab)
5- If your home lab doesnt support all the covered features, you can spend the last 4 to 6 weeks prior to the lab exam on rental racks
I recommend you participate actively in various forums.
Before the actual ccie lab, make sure you are comfortable with creating detailed diagrams and that you have tested your lab strategy. Make sure you can write ping scripts rapidly.
Identify your milestones and testing phases.
We can discuss the lab strategy when you get closer to the D-day.
Reading recommendations (short list):
Read all the courses at freenetworkstudy
Absolute must-read books:
TCP/IP illustrated (vol 1&2)
CCIE practical studies (vol 1&2)
21, May 2012