Students often ask me which writing task they should do first in the exam. Is it better to start with IELTS writing task 1 or task 2?
Personally, I would start with task 1.
You'll be feeling nervous in the exam, so it's a good idea to start with something easy: the introduction to task 1. If you have read my advice on how to write the introduction for task 1, you will have a fast and simple way to begin the exam.
So, don't waste any time at the beginning of the writing test. If you have practised paraphrasing task 1 questions, you should be confident that you know exactly what to do. Get started straight away; you'll feel much better.