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 can maintain or sustain; to undertake too many activities at the same time. Between school, work, and volunteering, 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 expended more resources, energy, or time than one can maintain or sustain; overwhelmed by undertaking too many activities at the same time. Between school, work, and volunteering, I'm just spread a bit too thin lately. The injury-plagued team was simply spread too thin by the end of the seven-game series.
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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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Having launched two new businesses this year - her Mare Street Market restaurant/deli and Pure Filth, her veggie burger joint - and written Slow, her plan now is to not "spread myself too thin".
I learned not to spread myself too thin. I love trying to do multiple things at once; however I learned to focus all my time and energy into achieving one goal.
I don't want to spread myself too thin as I'm getting offers to appear as a speaker across North America and I use this as platform from which to raise awareness for multiple myeloma.
`I know they've got to keep their team's best interests in mind, but they're also working to keep my best interests in mind because they realize I don't want to spread myself too thin.
I'm just trying not to spread myself too thin. I got a lot of things I am juggling right now from Circa to Ghetto Child to 1,2,1,2 Records to Shorty's; a lot of projects.
Once in Hawaii I did not do any nonastronomical touring--I would have spread myself too thin. (I think my hotel was on the beach, but I never actually went out to check.) I also brought plenty of warm clothing and a beverage heater, stocked up on high-energy midnight snacks, and made it a point to warm up in the car before I got chilled to the bone.
Obviously I don't want to spread myself too thin. But it is something you have got to grasp and at this moment in time that's what I have to do to get where I want to go.
"I'm trying not to spread myself too thin until I have the right mix of blue chips, foreign stocks, precious metals and tech; I don't want to start the $25 a month for Alger until I'm better diversified."