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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90 percent of of revenue comes from commercial cleaning, so rather than spread ourselves too thin, we have decided to move vertically within the sector.
Most of us know when we've hit that line signaling we've left our cutting edge and officially spread ourselves too thin. Pushing to do and be more is often a half-step from maxing out and dropping all those balls we're juggling.
"And so we have been in dialogue with two other places that have expressed interest, but we really want to get this place up and running and sustainable before we spread ourselves too thin."
We don't want to do too many projects at once and spread ourselves too thin," Vlahakis said.
"But, we want to make sure everything's running smoothly before we spread ourselves too thin.
And our go-to strategy has been "a mile deep before a mile wide." We don't spread ourselves too thin, instead focusing on the areas we do best in.
"We don't want to spread ourselves too thin and lose the quality and consistency our calls are known for.
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 also don't claim recycling anything as a form of "craftivism" because we don't see a clear activist message in that.
We spread ourselves too thin and realized that in hindsight, when everything was done."
As Atkinson notes, 'We don't spread ourselves too thin. We would rather do a few things really, really well than try to do everything and have it fall apart.'