Maya targets your chanting because it’s your most potent weapon against her. To the degree you allow her to distract you from chanting well, you become malleable to her will.
Maya arranges the material world in a way to keep us away from Krishna.
We are always fighting in one of the wings of the armed forces against maya. Either in the navel wing in the ocean of material nescience with the tides of duality or having been saved from this, fighting in the air wing with our inflated false ego or getting the false ego crushed, fighting on the ground thinking, "How humble I am!".
Forgetting Krishna, the living entity has been attracted by the external feature from time immemorial. Therefore the illusory energy [maya] gives him all kinds of misery in his material existence. In the material condition, the living entity is sometimes raised to higher planetary systems and material prosperity and sometimes drowned in a hellish situation. His state is exactly like that of a criminal whom a king punishes by submerging him in water and then raising him again from the water.
All outside attacks of maya will make us stronger if we are sincere. But when she attacks from within – in the mind, when she drops the sees of dissent and envy, she creates a sense of competition, which ultimately results in a breakdown of love and trust and the mission is crippled.
Maya is an ideal task master. She is engaging everyone 24/7 very nicely. Everyone is working so hard, day and night, putting extra time into their work, developing their businesses, expanding their empires. Akhanda karma. During festival seasons like Diwali, Christmas, Holi, etc, shops are open day and night. People are rushing everywhere – buying, giving & taking gifts, working…But if you ask anyone to do akhanda harinama sankirtana, or akhanda ekadasi jagran for the pleasure of Krsna, it is impossible. Noone has any time. No one can find ways or means to. Nowadays even a five year old kid is so busy and has so much on the agenda that he has no time for God.