A slot is a position in a series, sequence or hierarchy. It may also refer to a specific area or opening on an airplane wing or tail, used in connection with a high-lift or control device. A slot may also refer to a position within an airport’s flow management system, where airlines are granted permission to fly at certain times, allowing them to minimize delays and reduce fuel use.

The term is also used in a gaming context, with the most commonly used type being a slot machine. A player inserts cash or, in “ticket-in/ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a slot, which activates a set of reels that stop to rearrange symbols and display credits based on the machine’s pay table. These tables are usually permanently displayed on the machine, although some, mainly those with touchscreen displays, offer a series of images that can be switched between to show all possible combinations and jackpot amounts.

The same method can be applied to scheduling work events and deadlines, such as meetings with colleagues, project milestones or evaluation reviews. This can help maintain productivity and ensure that important objectives are met by establishing clear timelines that prioritize urgent work. Using time slots can also improve team engagement by encouraging open communication with staff members about availability and project goals.