I have always thought I have a very good memory for things that are important to me, particularly in business and especially with figures, I can recall things from months and even years ago. But this will be a surprise to anyone who knows me, because I am renowned for leaving things behind, and forgetting everyday things that I have agreed to do one minute and have completely forgotten the next.
At last I have an authorative diagnosis (excuse?) thanks to Scottish researchers carrying out studies into our ever busier lifestyles. It appears that I might well have BLS – Busy Lifestyle Syndrome. Oh dear! oh dear! This could well be why I have been forgetting things for so many years.
This must be a serious piece of work because it is linked to drug companies who are hoping to bring out a new line of pills to combat memory loss. What a coincidence? Pilly Galore will be happy if she reads this (see Pilly Galore blog dated 19 December 2010). Surely this can’t be an example of a drugs company inventing a disease, so that they can create a new money-spinning pill to cure it.
Then again maybe I haven’t got BLS after all. A Finnish research study found that perfectly healthy people forget upto 30 things a day. So that’s ok then.
It seems I am not alone – the lost property offices on London’s Rail Network reported 33,000 more items left behind in the years between 2005 and 2008. Even I could not have left that many things on British Rail so there must be a lot of BLS sufferers, all dropping things on the circle line.