Although scales may seem rather boring, they are extremely important. To be able to play the piano well you need to have good dexterity in your fingers, and the best way to build up that strength is by practicing scales.
I think what a lot of people tend to do is react negatively to the prospect of playing scales, which is a huge mistake. Try not to think about it in a negative way, otherwise you may put yourself off from learning in the first place. Try to think of it the way an athlete would who’s training for the Olympics. An athlete would spend lots of time in the gym training their body to be able to perform to the best of their ability. Practicing scales is the same for piano. If you want to be able to play fast and accurately, then scales will help you do just that.
If you are worried though that scales might put you off practicing and learning, then try to limit yourself to practicing them for a smaller amount of time in relation to learning songs. For example, if you plan to practice for 30 minutes then I would advise spending about 10 minutes on scales, and 20 minutes on anything else – like learning a new piece, or basically something you really enjoy. Learning to play the piano doesn’t have to be a hard slog, and you must make sure you enjoy it. But you also have to realise that it isn’t going to be a walk in the park either.
Most people who want to learn the piano dream of being able to play a really difficult piece at some point, and if you’re one of them, then scales have to be a part of your practice routine. If you are happy just to play straight forward chords and songs, then you may not need to worry about scales. The choice is yours.
It’s also worth pointing out that scales are important when it comes to learning keys and key signatures. Having a great knowledge of key signatures allows the player to read music quicker, improvise better, and make a guest appearance in a band without having to rehearse (especially if it’s a blues band!).
I personally didn’t used to mind scales, but I did find them boring at times. It’s only now later in life that I realise how important they are. If I could go back in time I would certainly put more time into them, as I know I would be a better player now for it. And if you are taking piano lessons then it’s inevitable that your teacher will incorporate this into the lessons. So don’t think about it too much, just go with the flow and you will see the reward of all your efforts much sooner than you realise.