So Much is Too Much?

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Monday, I worked from 9am till about 10pm. I took a break to watch 24,
but for most of the day I worked on several things.
I worked on a brochure for my Dad for his non for profit called Ministry Care
I worked on business cards for myself. See them here
I worked on stuff for 8bit network (shhhh, can’t tell you the secrets).
I worked on my design website giving it a complete redesign. See it here

Inside of all of this madness I wrote two blog post, a guest post, and read about 20 blogs.
I guess you could call it all in a days work.
But as I was finishing up the night with a little Call of Duty I could not help but think about all the things that I did today and how I explain my job/jobs to others.
I did so much today, and all of it was very different.
I enjoyed everything I did today, but I felt like I got so distracted by things that I missed out on what I was suppose to be doing. I wonder if I can be a jack of all trades or if I am suppose to focus on one thing, one talent or gift?

I wonder if sometimes I fill my time with so many different things that I miss out on the gift or job that I am suppose to be doing?

Anyone feel this way? Is there any truth to this statement?


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Kyle Reed is a connector looking to connect with others. A 20 Something that is blogging his way through life and looking to connect through community. Also a team member of the 8BIT Network and brand evangelist. Find me on twitter: @kylelreed, lets chat.
  • Zac Cross


    I think that if you love what you do keep doing it. Although making money can be useful. If you want to have a “job” then be prepared to not enjoy it as much.

    Do you not think you are using the gift God gave you in everything you did yesterday? I mean you like to connect to people, and seem to be a people person. So even though you may not have interacted with a ton of people outside of the internet, you still connected and people still benefited.

    Having said all that, if you are feeling like you are getting burned out or not spending enough time with God or just relaxing then maybe you could cut some stuff.

    Not sure any of that made sense or was relevant, but just do what you love in life and your gift(s) will shine through.

    • @kylelreed

      Thanks for the heads up with “Too” I am terrible with that stuff.

      Those are all good questions.
      I think the thing I wonder about is that I have so many different interest I wonder if I will ever focus on just one thing.
      You know, is it possible to be a jack of all trades?

  • dannyjbixby

    I feel the same way.

    I think most of the things that I do are just a filler to kill time or distract me from what I should be doing.


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  • jeff_goins

    Good thoughts, man. I've been there before. My encouragement is to slow down, intentionally taking time out to just think, reflect, and pray. Btw, I like your design style — simple and effective.

    • @kylelreed

      Jeff I have such a hard time slowing down, but you are right. I can get going pretty fast.

      Thanks for the comments about the design as well. I use to be the complete opposite and have now pulled back and have really tried to follow what is on my design sites header, clean and simple.

  • Denise Fath

    I think we're all in danger of that sometimes. It almost seems to go against our nature to sometimes step back from the hectic schedules and make sure we're on the right track

    Just looking at that can be kind of scary, because what if we're not doing what we're “supposed” to be doing? Still, I think sometimes we need to take stock of things. But that requires putting on the breaks, being silent for a bit and doing some serious reflection. Who has time for that?! ; )

    • @kylelreed

      Who does have time for that right? Ha, I am addicted to noise and business, and so you are right on, I need to step back and reflect and listen sometimes rather then just work work work. Thanks

  • For This Cause / Leadership Up

    Hello Kyle,
    It is possible to do that. Some people fill up their days or lives with so many things trying to satisfy an inward desire. That desire being what God has called them to. We must realize that we are all called. He has called each of us. Not all to the same thing or same ministry, but called us none the less. You know what excites you and what you are passionate about. That is a big clue to your calling. The gifts you have are what God has equiped you with to fulfill that calling.
    It is possible that you are called to different things and each one of those things will bring you fulfillement and God glory, but you aren't called to do them all at once. Seek God's direction and evaluate. What ever is not important to what you need to be doing at the time, let it go.

    • @kylelreed

      Thanks for that. I like what you said there, you are called to different things and each one of those things will bring you fulfillment and Gods glory, but you aren't called to do them all at once.

      Great point. I am trying to work through that. I have a lot of interest, just trying to be faithful to my time and interest is the hard part.