I guess I'll start. I was hoping for more interaction from the better players here.
To get better at guitar you MUST practice LOTS., there is no way around this. You can skip the chromatic pattern training if you want, but the result will likely be mediocre playing as opposed to amazing playing. At the very least, the result of skipping this will cause you to NEVER become a good shredder, if that's your goal.
There are likely exceptions to every rule, but don't let your ego get in the way of success. If you think this type of training is a waste of time you are likey one of the people who thinks he is better than he actually is.
All I really know for sure is that this is the type of training I need and have seen the most results from. All the BEST players support this training.
So, having gotten my personal opinions out of the way what you need to do first, even before you pick up your guitar is to determine how much time you have available to play.
Lets pretend you came up with only 1 hour available.
Divide that time in half.
For the first half hour, practice your patterns and scales to a metronome.
For the second half hour play along with your favorite songs and backing tracks.
Also, try to learn one new lick every day and incorporate it into your playing/practice. All the chromatic training WILL improve your ability, technique and speed, but without a vocabulary you will not be able to get your point across to your listeners.
If one new lick a day is too much for your current abilities, then I'll compromise and suggest one a week, which still works out to 52 new licks a year, which is pretty good for a beginner, especially since you can play it in every scale you know. Those 52 licks can now be played all over the fretboard.
Make this routine a habit and avoid excuses not to practice.