Spreading Yourself Too Thin Is Dangerous
Posted on: July 1, 2013, by : Brandon Gilliland

Busy. It’s a word we hear often. Many use it as an excuse to get out of things or to compensate for a lack of commitment. I’m we all have heard, “I’m sorry! I was just to busy….”

 

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Reasons To Not Spread Yourself Thin

 

It increases stress- The more you have to worry about, the more stressed you will become. We are not super-humans, no matter how much we want to believe it. Stress not only causes short-term problems, it also causes long-term physiological problems. It has been proven that stress increases your risk for disease.

 

It increases burnout- What exactly is burnout? Here’s the official definition of it:

Burnout: Physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.

 

It reduces your efficiency– I’m sure we all know people who say they can multi-task efficiently. This might be true to a certain extent; however, it is not as effective as focusing on a single task. When you commit to many different tasks, your time is more spread out. t is important to keep this in mind when committing to things.

 

I’m sure we all have experienced a time when we over committed to things. It’s no fun when there’s so much going on that you don’t have time for important things. This is exactly why it’s important to not spread yourself too thin.

 

The more you commit to, the less time you will have. Keeping this in mind, it’s important to only focus on the things that you are best equipped to do. I like to devote my time to the things God has called me to do. It’s easy to commit to so many good things that you steal time away from what is most important.

 

Saying no to good things that will steal away time from what you are called to do is necessary if you want to be productive. I believe that God wants all of us to be productive in what he has called us to do.

 

We are His ambassadors. The little things can often steal time from the bigger and more important things. That’s why it’s so important to say no to things that you’re not called to do or the things that will steal time away from what you know is most important.

 

Have you ever been in the danger zone of spreading yourself too thin?

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  • There are times I get to this point as well Brandon. It’s easy because taking on additional commitments is easy. It’s balancing our time and realizing we can’t do it all that is difficult.

    • I totally agree with you! I naturally have been someone to sacrificially give of my time, but I’ve learned over the past year or so that I have to say no to things. It’s ok to respectfully say no so that you can focus on the things you know you’re called to. Time is valuable.

  • I tend to find myself spread too thin on a regular basis. God’s been helping me learn to say “no” to things that might be good but are not necessarily where He wants me to focus. They key for me is to seek Him in ALL decisions, big and small (even on silly things like eating).

    Great post. much needed.

    • Definitely! I’m glad this post could be an encouragement to you. It is so easy to say yes and have so little time to do what’s important.

  • It’s so important to have a balanced life. I know I’m not as productive when I spread my self too thin. Thanks for a needed reminder.