Thomas Hawk, who I have followed for a while on flickr and zoomr wrote a lengthy post on how he hates email. I have taken 2 steps (using gmail, that gets rid of almost all spam) that have helped my love for the electronicness.
1. Go back a day in the life of your email. Set filters to destroy all your bacn. If sender is from American Airlines Promotions = skip inbox and trash. Do this every once in a while.
2. Star what you need to reply to. Filter your inbox to your starred items, and work on your email from there.
Those simple tweaks have really helped me. Any other amazing tips?