Achieving single-minded focus on the task at hand will allow you to overcome the causes of A. B. D. (All But Dissertation). Several barriers can disrupt the completion of the dissertation, including overconfidence, treating chair and committee members poorly, family issues, sexual harassment, data theft, disinterested chairperson, unavailable chairperson, and loss of chairperson. Life can get in the way of doing the dissertation, which is why it is important to be single-minded in your focus on finishing what you started.

Keep focused and remember that barriers happen to everyone. Deal with the problem and get back to your steady work on your dissertation.