Part of the wisdom behind halachot of blessings is to instill in us an appreciation of our lives and teach us that there is a response required from us whenever we encounter even the most basic aspects of our existence. This is at the core of the middah of zerizut (diligence, enthusiasm). Nothing that comes into our lives should be ignored or avoided. We are required to encounter and, in that encounter, to respond. This principle applies to many spheres of our lives. In the sphere of the mitzvah of blessings, it shows up through the requirement to see God as worthy of blessing for nearly everything.
Granted, there is no blessing for showing up to work on time; showing up to work on time is a part of diligence. But there is a direct relationship between our diligence in blessing God and our diligence in daily responsibilities. Halachah, in general, removes the veil between the spiritual and physical, and reminds us that creation is good and that we are empowered to make it holy. Our daily lives do not become holy by us making them more “spiritual.” They become holy when we acknowledge God as Lord over them, in all their physicality and messiness. In this light, we can see that the more we are diligent to bless and thank God for the world around us, the more likely we are to engage the task at hand. May we all grow in our capacity to use every opportunity to bring holiness and goodness into the world around us!