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Re^2: Work practices: log books, notes files...

by oko1 (Deacon)
on Apr 17, 2008 at 02:49 UTC ( #680989=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Ten years ago - even eight years ago - I would have responded exactly as you did; I was just as proud of my nearly-perfect memory as you appear to be. I could reel off long passages from books that I'd read years before (ones I liked, anyway) and I never needed an appointment book. Then, one fine day - more like over a period of a month, actually - my memory crashed and burned and died. I can't even begin to tell you what a painful and terrifying experience that is, every single waking minute for years afterwards, when that happens - and when you make your living by using your mind.

These days, I have a memory that works pretty well in some aspects, is rather poor in others, and is absolutely horrible in a a few. I still feel like screaming, regularly, when I reach for something I "know" I should have and hit a blank wall.

I don't know if this is a common experience for people who have good memories, but for your sake, I hope that my experience was an anomaly.

Update: In case you're curious, I'm 46, and lost my mind (?) at ~39. No serious drug or alcohol usage of any kind, no brain injuries, no physical reason for it at all. Had a relationship die a horrendous death that year, but that was about all.

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. -- HG Wells
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Re^3: Work practices: log books, notes files...
by Muggins (Pilgrim) on Apr 18, 2008 at 11:01 UTC

    Very interesting post.

    Though I wonder if it happened quicker than usual for you - and that due, in part, to a dire year at about that time of life. I'm 36, and am slowly finding my memory is not managing everything. I'm sure it's partly because I've more projects/things on the go than I used to, but...

    Now what was I going to say? Heck, forgotten, never mind :)

    I'm sure another lesson is that life quality (health, sleep, happiness) affects our brain performance, big-time. Also, if I'm not interested, then my IQ does a bit of a downward slide. Reversible, I hope.

Re^3: Work practices: log books, notes files...
by sundialsvc4 (Abbot) on Apr 24, 2008 at 14:53 UTC


    When did it start to happen? Well, I can't quite recall ... :-D ... All kidding aside, it does happen.

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