Why is meditation so important?
Actually, it has no importance whatever.
That is, no more than day and night, sunny weather or rain, food or housing.
It is easier for us when essentials are present, but that does not necessarily imply that it is you that creates them.
Sometimes the weather is sunny, sometimes rainy.
Sometimes it is day, sometimes night.
Sometimes you are healthy sometimes sick.
Sometimes there is meditation, sometimes not.
The way you present your question might imply that you believe that you meditate. However, in reality, it turns out that meditation, as all natural phenomena, occurs sometimes, sometimes not. And in a wide variety of forms.
Since it is not you that meditates, there is no pressure, no success and no failure around meditation. Like the rain.
Meditation is ultimately no more than natural awakeness, awareness.
What you probably call meditation is actually your creation of a framework, say an hour in the morning, when, at least officially, you seem to have no pressing tasks you need to attend to. You can sit quietly in a pleasant place and wait to see what happens when you have no objective whatever.
Actually there is even no need to eliminate objectives. But if you do, there is no need to eliminate even the elimination.
Maybe, for a brief hour, you are totally free to do what you do. Although you always are, in this hour it may become clearer to you. This is not essentially different from meditation.
Enjoy it all,