One person synonymous to this period is Leonardo da Vinci, multi multi talented and interested.
Thankfully he wrote down and drew most of his ideas and research in his famous notebooks.
I thought if he knew so much he most have been a brilliant organizer. Well he was a chaotic who wrote ideas and shopping list on the same page and often didn't finish work that was agreed upon.
With all the distraction and multimedia tools at present I am really curious how Leonardo would cope with that? At least he seemed to be aware of his chaotic mind.