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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Personally, I am afraid of expansion as restaurants sometimes lose sight of their true north when they spread themselves too thin. I hope Terry's Pasong Tamo will continue to flourish in the next 18 years as they have in the past 18 years.
Company owners could suffer major missteps if they spread themselves too thin. While it might seem like a good idea to be active on every social network, it's a much better strategy to be active on a few and really score a winning goal!
Having children takes a lot of time to do properly, and I think sometimes people spread themselves too thin," he further said.
However, with over 450 social media platforms on the Internet, it is important for companies not to spread themselves too thin. "It's said that when a tool gets boring for the geeks and nerds, that's when it starts to get interesting for businesses," Goel said.
Rather, who for many years juggled the nightly broadcast with hosting the newsmagazine "48 Hours," says the challenge for Pelley and Williams is to not spread themselves too thin.
"Companies tend to lose focus, and often spread themselves too thin as they attempt to do everything from within four walls."
More companies will spread themselves too thin, like Equitable.
H Death Magnet #6: The kiss of yes: Early-stage companies often spread themselves too thin because they're afraid to walk away from new market opportunities and distribution channels.
"They're trying so hard to make up for 209, but there's a real danger that they could try to do too much and spread themselves too thin."
A second internal constraint to international business success, especially for newcomers to this playing field, is what my air force friends call a "target-rich environment." Growing awareness of more and more opportunities has in some cases been a detriment, and some of us have seen businesses lose focus, spread themselves too thin, or simply trap themselves in an endless series of business plans, exploratory visits and studies, and marketing feelers.