Use the same principles that pilots and surgeons use to mitigate risk in your cleaning business.

Have you ever seen the commercial? The one that starts with, "This is what it [completing a task] looks like...and this is what it feels like..." and then continues to show clip after clip of extremely satisfying actions.

Aside from being visually gratifying, checklists play a much larger role in our lives than you think.

Why your cleaning company needs a checklist

When flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia airport, the 155 lives on board didn't expect their airplane would soon become a lifeboat.

Shortly after takeoff, less than 100 seconds, a large flock of Canadian Geese struck the plane and destroyed both engines. The flight had less than 3 minutes before impact.

In a moment of panic and sheer adrenaline, the pilot reverted to his training and reached for the onboard emergency checklist.

Using their shared experience and following the clearly written items on the checklist, Captain Sully and Co-pilot Jeff Skiles were able to safely land the plane in the Hudson River and save all passengers.

Proving that the power of a checklist is baffling.

Central line infections in intensive care units are extremely deadly. Almost 1 in every 4 I.C.U. (intensive care unit) patients whose line becomes infected don't survive.

In an effort to prevent these infections, Peter Provonost from John Hopkins Hospital created a simple checklist for doctors and nurses to use when administering a line to a patient.

The immediate results were unbelievable - in 15 months only two line infections were reported.

Whether you're using a checklist to track what items you need to clean in a home or you're landing a plane without power you will have a much higher success rate than those who depend on their own memory.

"Faulty memory and distraction are a particular danger in what engineers call all-or-none processes: whether running to the store to buy ingredients for a cake, preparing an airplane for takeoff, or evaluating a sick person in the hospital, if you miss just one key thing, you might as well not have made the effort at all."