I'd recommend writing tutorials!
you don't need to publish them. Pretend you have a large audience and you need to keep pushing out tutorials. For example, teach them what Nested Software said. They don't need a project they need to learn how to create "api with Node".
The more you do this the easier it will become to find projects.
When I do this, project ideas come easy, I'm deep in code so they are bound to come. What I do with tutorials I've written here is the same idea, mini projects
Find an easy way to take notes, a way that doesn't get in the way (I have this "system", I leave sublime open in the background).
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