Slots – Prioritize Work to Meet Deadlines and Improve Efficiency


A narrow notch or groove, as in a keyway in machinery, a slit for a coin in a slot machine, or a position in a sequence or series, such as a time slot on a calendar. Also, a position on an activity’s field of play, as in the high slot in hockey from which a defenseman can deliver a blistering slap shot.

In computerized slot machines, players insert cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a slot on the machine’s face or on a touchscreen. Then they activate the machine by pushing a lever or button (either physical or virtual) that causes reels to spin and symbols to be displayed. When a winning combination is formed, the player earns credits based on the machine’s pay table. The payout amounts and types vary from game to game, but classic symbols include fruits, bells, and stylized lucky sevens.

Prioritizing work can help teams meet important deadlines and improve productivity and efficiency. One technique is to use slot-based scheduling, in which team members are assigned specific blocks of time for working on different tasks each day or week. Team members can monitor the status of each task and collaborate to complete assignments on time. A slot-based approach can also help teams stay organized and communicate with each other about changes to project timelines or meetings. For example, a healthcare provider may use slot-based scheduling to arrange appointments for new patients and organize those appointments by appointment type.