Howard, speaking in Singapore on the Toffees' tour of Asia, said a fast start this time around will be vital if the team are to learn from the shortcomings of last campaign.
"Anytime you start bad, it's probably not going to end well, no matter how hard you try," Howard said.
"This is not a pushover league where you can say 'we'll take three points there'.
"In other leagues you can recover those points. That's not how it works in the Premier League.
"You don't have to have an amazing start but you certainly can't drop as many points we did."