Camera RAW

It's becoming pretty clear that one way to make my photos way better is to shoot in RAW and then work in Bridge/Photoshop/Camera RAW . The RAW files end up so big... I know it's a one way ticket to great photos (HDR too), but I have a hard time with my post production work flow. I think I'm just generally too excited to get the photos processed and up on the site for the world to see, but I really should slow down. 

Anyone have any tips for working in camera RAW? I've only experimented with a few of the tools. Time to really buckle down and learn.