Many leaders are so busy with daily tasks that they fail to keep abreast of industry events and trends. Use these three tactics to keep that from happening to you:Infuse research into your routine by scheduling regular times to investigate new trends. Example: Set aside 20 minutes each week to contact customers.Use daily experiences to collect information. Example: While shopping, watch for ideas on packaging and product inventory. Carry a notebook to track what you find.Investigate competitors by setting aside regular times to visit their Web sites or locations.—Adapted from “Sharpen Your Edge,” Romanus Wolter, Entrepreneur.