spread (something or oneself) too thin

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spread (something or oneself) too thin

To expend more time, resources, or energy than one is able to maintain; to undertake too many activities at the same time. I'm sorry, I'm finding it hard to focus on what you're saying. I've just been spreading myself a bit too thin lately. I know you're eager to branch out across the state, but we have to be careful not to spread our team too thin.
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spread too thin

Having invested or used up more resources, energy, or time than one has to offer; overwhelmed by undertaking too many activities at the same time. I'm sorry, I'm finding it hard to focus on what you're saying. I'm just spread a bit too thin lately.
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spread yourself too thin

If you spread yourself too thin, you try to do too many different things at the same time, with the result that you cannot do any of them well. At the time I was spreading myself too thin, with lots of different projects. Note: Other adverbs can be used instead of too. `There are 80 of us taking care of 117 departments.' — `Isn't that spreading yourself a little thin?' Note: You can also say that a person or organization spreads themselves too thinly. Like so many businesses, the company grew too fast and spread itself too thinly across too many different areas.
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spread yourself too thin

be involved in so many different activities or projects that your time and energy are not used to good effect.
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spread yourself too ˈthin

try to do so many different things at the same time that you do not do any of them properly: Are you sure you can manage an evening job as well? Don’t you think you’re spreading yourself a bit too thin?
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But, we want to make sure everything's running smoothly before we spread ourselves too thin.
We don't spread ourselves too thin, instead focusing on the areas we do best in.
When we spread ourselves too thin by making too many obligations or setting unrealistic goals, unsurprisingly, the quality of the work starts to suffer.
To make the most of these opportunities, we need to focus--otherwise we spread ourselves too thin and lack impact.
We do not raise awareness of upcycling, for example, or animal rights, because our passion is in human rights and we cannot spread ourselves too thin.
We spread ourselves too thin and realized that in hindsight, when everything was done.
We do not try to spread ourselves too thin and jeopardize customer service.
Although we appreciate the assets a Busch team brings to the table, we are still in a building year and can't spread ourselves too thin.