1) Work is peaking now so I have barely enough time to get in sufficient practice. I also confess to slacking - there are just some days where I don't feel like practicing or I had other appointments/activities that I partook which reduced my concentration during practice.
I suppose it's always good to reflect on the past and plan for the future. Should I fail this exam, it would be a very expensive (ouch) lesson in fulfilling my commitments and organizing my time. I would also focus on preparing myself better for Grade 7 exam in 2014 (the exam repertoire is valid for 4 yrs so 2 yrs should be sufficient for me to be ready). In any case, it was a good experience: I haven't gone for a proper music exam in a LOOONG time and it was a humbling moment too.