At my work when I have a myriad tasks, could I say that my thoughts are dispersed amongst many objectives? I am trying to figure if I could use the term dispersed in a sentence to describe a state where a persons thoughts are not focused because the range of issues that concern her is too wide to efficiently handle at once.

I read this: What's a good word for a lack of concentration? but it was not very helpful.


I'm assuming the answers to the other question you linked were not helpful because they all had a negative connotation, like "scatterbrained" (which would have been my answer had I seen that question).

You are trying to describe the state of being spread too thin, because your many issues keep you from having a single-minded focus.

The tech-jargon-derived term for this is:


where your processor (brain) shares many tasks which all get a time slice.

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  • Or, "situation normal." :-) – Carl Witthoft Mar 4 '14 at 20:48
  • I would say I was 'spreading myself too thinly'. – WS2 Mar 4 '14 at 20:53
  • Overextended is another good word for this. – Bradd Szonye Mar 4 '14 at 21:17

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