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Given the sentence:

As the policy timeline continues to _________, we expect the industry to pick up momentum.

This phrase is used a lot in my writing and I have already exhausted some of the more obvious choices like "accelerate." I also thought "advance" might work here, but I don't think it conveys the earlier than expected implication.

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    "shift to the left" is typical jargon for moving the elements of a timeline to be earlier than originally planned. Is this what you're looking for? – Jim Aug 13 at 4:19
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    Not to be confused with a "jump to the left." Would it help you to flip it around for sentence variety? "As the timeline gains momentum, we expect the industry to mirror this pace." Or "We expect the industry to pick up speed in respect to the advanced timeline." – livresque Aug 13 at 4:47
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    The timeline itself (as a physical or logical representation, where the length of a line indicates duration), shrinks or decreases. But, as with the earlier comments, it's not clear if this is the type of thing you're looking for. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Aug 13 at 5:29
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Precede:

come before (something) in time.

As the policy timeline continues to precede, we expect the industry to pick up momentum.

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How about:

As the policy timeline continues to encroach, we expect the industry to pick up momentum.

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To be prescient

Prescient means ‘showing up before it is supposed to, ‘ahead of its time’, or ‘seen before it happened’.

‘As the policy timeline continues to be prescient, we expect the industry to pick up momentum.’

You could also use ‘be ahead of schedule’.

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/prescient

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