5. Spend a few minutes in quiet reflection.
6. When you are calm & still, pick up your beads.
You may want to have an icon or picture that induces a peaceful state in front of you. Don't think about what you're praying about, rather focus on what you're praying for. Keep the idea of it in your head. Feel it as you pray. Thinking will take you out of the mysterious realm of prayer & bring you back to the mundane world of demands & obligations.
The beads will help you direct your attention to the task. Rotating the beads between your fingers will anchor you to the words of the prayer. Your prayers should be deeply felt statements of faith, praise & joy that will keep you emotionally attached to your intention.
Contemplative prayer will not come readily, so be patient with yourself. It's hard to shut out the noise of everyday life with all its complications. It won't be easy in the beginning but with time & persistence it will come. The results will be well worth it. I promise.