Hare Krishna dandvats, Prabhuji. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I do hereby wish you all the best in Krishna consciousness, Gauranga, Radhe Radhe, Hari Bol! Hare Krishna.
All my obeisences to Srila Prabhupada & to H.H. Radanath Swami Maharaj. A fiend of mine here suggested I do what Prabhupada used to do before he became a Sannyasa. Do 4 rounds when you get up at 4 am or whenever, 4 before 12 pm, 4 in the afternoon, and 4 at night before you go to bed. We are crazy Americans with crazy lives and we need to focus. It seems to be helping me. I listen to a YouTube video of Radhanath Swami doing 1 round of Japa and then repeat it. I say it with him. Hope this helps.
Hare Krishna! May Krishna's Mercy be abundant for you William. All Glories to Prabhupada!
Know that chanting japa has power - Haribol! The Maha-Mantra is full of great energy and we are an integral part to it. Like Prabhupada says Chant and Be Happy :) I love to learn more about Krishna consciousness everyday and welcome any questions you might have or subjects you want to discuss.